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A conceptual framework for a scientific discipline; a set of assumptions, methodologies, and objectives that determine a scientific investigation. It is a strategy for integrating a research method, theory, and goals. Examples in archaeology are postprocessual archaeology, behavioral archaeology, and culture history. A paradigmatic classification is one based on an equal weighting of attributes, so that each class is defined by a cluster of unique attributes and is not dependent on the order in which the attributes were defined.