Definition of dichotomize in English:



  • Regard or represent as divided or opposed.

    ‘these rules dichotomize love and sex’
    • ‘The SF - 36 dimension representing role limitations due to emotional problems was dichotomised for analysis, since the original scale contains only four values.’
    • ‘For these analyses, the classes of diagnoses were not dichotomized since regression analyses are well equipped to handle continuous variables and would lend further sensitivity to the analyses.’
    • ‘Both of these variables were dichotomized.’
    • ‘Modernity has trained us to not just to distinguish inward from outward actions, but to dichotomize our inner and our outer selves.’
    • ‘Thus, examining the experiences and desires of children may help highlight the incredible complexity of negotiations across dichotomized domains such as urban and rural, traditional and modern, material and emotional.’
    • ‘‘Often bisexuals want to label themselves as lesbian or gay because occupying a middle ground is so difficult in a culture that dichotomizes sexual orientation and gender identity,’ she says.’
    • ‘The sample was dichotomized based on a median split of preferential negative encoding.’
    • ‘This variable was dichotomized to represent inconsistent condom use (condom not used every time, coded 1) versus consistent condom use (condom used every time, coded 0).’
    • ‘In fact, we had just as dichotomised a view as our parents did.’
    • ‘First, dichotomizing effusions into exudates and transudates by using a single cutoff point loses much of the information contained in pleural fluid tests, which generate continuous numeric results.’
    • ‘Academic performance was dichotomized into two categories: good grades (mostly As and Bs/mostly Bs and Cs) or bad grades (mostly Cs and Ds/mostly Ds and Fs).’
    • ‘In an effort to pin down good guys and bad guys, or otherwise to dichotomize different approaches, various paired terms have been offered.’
    • ‘Due to the small number of African-American participants, the variable race/ethnicity was dichotomized into minority and non-minority respondents.’
    • ‘When we dichotomized the results of this question into never smoking inside the house or smoking (always, usually, or occasionally) inside the house, there remained no difference between the two groups.’
    • ‘Age was dichotomized to distinguish between preadolescents and adolescents.’
    • ‘Unfortunately for Hoppe's thesis, I have no a priori theoretical reason for dichotomizing the results in the way I did.’
    • ‘I think there's a tendency in Australia to dichotomise the city versus the bush.’
    • ‘In the present study, we dichotomized HIV-infected participants into high versus low basal cortisol secretors on the basis of a median split of the distribution of cortisol values.’
    • ‘Scores were dichotomized so that any numbered response to an item represented a ‘yes’ and any zero response to an item represented a ‘no.’’
    • ‘When social mating systems were dichotomized, extrapair chicks were twice as frequent in monogamous as in polygynous species.’
    disunite, drive apart, break up, split up
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