A Comparison of Three Measures of Social Complexity1


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    I wish to acknowledge the helpful advice of Raoul Naroll and Terrence Tatje of the Department of Anthropology of the State University of New York at Buffalo.


Quantitative measures of social complexity derived from three different research endeavors are compared statistically for the same fifty societies. The scales are found to be correlated at a high level of significance; this suggests that the variables used are valid indicators of degree of social complexity and development.