# An objective and practical method for describing and understanding ratios

Mathématiques et Sciences Humaines (1993)

- Volume: 124, page 5-18
- ISSN: 0987-6936

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topFowler, D. H.. "An objective and practical method for describing and understanding ratios." Mathématiques et Sciences Humaines 124 (1993): 5-18. <http://eudml.org/doc/94450>.

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