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In this second report on Quantitative Methods, I consider the foundational triumvirate that underpins the sub-discipline: data, methods, and theory. I argue that, although “big data” and, more recently, “big code”, may have captured the limelight, theory is invaluable and should not be disregarded. Showcasing the integral role of theory in quantitative human geography, I identify three kinds of useful theory (old school, enduring, and conceptual) and, along the way, highlight beneficial ways in which they contribute to our thinking about data and methods. Throughout, I emphasise that theory is a crucial component of contemporary and future quantitative methods development.
Author(s): Franklin R
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Progress in Human Geography
Print publication date: 01/02/2023
Online publication date: 23/12/2022
Acceptance date: 15/10/2022
Date deposited: 25/10/2022
ISSN (print): 0309-1325
ISSN (electronic): 1477-0288
ePrints DOI: 10.57711/rqn4-t631
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