chapter  5
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Novelty II

The frequency-of-occurrence type of quantitative novelty and the magnitude form of the concept can be independent of one another and thus do not always operate in the same direction. For instance, a millionaire would be low in quantitative novelty with regard to magnitude of wealth because he or she possesses more money, land, etc., than most other people. However, the property “being a millionaire,” occurs infrequently in the general popula­ tion. In terms of frequency of occurrence, then, the millionaire would be high in quantitative novelty. In these cases, we assume that the dimension of quantitative novelty that controls the focus of attention is situationally determined.