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Unidimensional Scaling : Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences - John P. McIver

Unidimensional Scaling

Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences

Paperback Published: 1st November 1981
ISBN: 9780803917361
Number Of Pages: 96

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Provides an introduction to the fundamentals of scaling theory and construction, focusing on a variety of unidimensional scaling models. The authors present an overview and comparative analysis of such techniques as Thurstone scaling, Likert scaling, Guttman scaling, and unfolding theory, with emphasis on their varying conceptions of dimensionality.

Editor's Introductionp. 5
Introductionp. 7
Purposes of Scalingp. 8
Approaches to Scalingp. 9
Item Trace Lines of Scaling Modelsp. 10
Types of Datap. 11
Multidimensional Versus Unidimensional Modelsp. 13
Multiitem Versus Single-Item Scalesp. 15
Conclusionp. 15
Thurstone Scalingp. 16
The Law of Comparative Judgmentp. 17
Method of Equal-Appearing Intervalsp. 18
Limitations of Thurstone Scalingp. 21
Conclusionp. 21
Likert Scalingp. 22
Introductionp. 22
Constructing a Likert Scalep. 23
Assessing a Likert Scalep. 26
Criticisms of Likert's Approachp. 30
An Example of Likert Scaling: The Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scalep. 31
Conclusionp. 37
Appendixp. 38
An Introduction to Guttman Scalingp. 40
Assessment of Errorp. 42
Scale Constructionp. 44
Assignment of Scale Scoresp. 51
Guttman Scaling and Item Analysisp. 53
Senate Voting--The Structure of Support for a Consumer Protection Agency (An Example of Guttman Scaling)p. 55
Participation in Politics--A Cumulative Scale?p. 59
Issues in Guttman Scalingp. 62
Too Many Respondents/Too Many Itemsp. 62
Missing Datap. 64
Polytomous Itemsp. 65
Errors--How To Interpret Them, What To Do About Themp. 68
Significance Tests for Guttman Scales--A New Approachp. 69
Conclusionp. 71
Unfolding Theoryp. 71
The Basic Modelp. 71
Unfolding in a Single Dimensionp. 72
Metric Information from Ordinal Datap. 78
Goodness-of-Fit Criteriap. 79
An Example--Measuring Cosmopolitanismp. 81
Trust in Government: A Second Examplep. 83
Conclusionp. 84
Conclusionp. 86
Notesp. 89
Referencesp. 91
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ISBN: 9780803917361
ISBN-10: 0803917368
Series: Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 96
Published: 1st November 1981
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.27 x 15.29  x 0.56
Weight (kg): 0.11

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