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Measurement Scales
Measurement scales
Introduction

There are many different types of information and ways in which this information may be categorized and represented as data. Although a number of different schemes for representing data have been proposed that utilize a variety of categories and sub-divisions (see, for example, Agresti and Finlay, 1997; Barford, 1985; Harris, 1999; Lindsey, 1995; Sarle, 1995; Stevens, 1946; Verzani, 2005), in this entry I will distinguish between just a few distinct scales of measurement which allow a wide range of statistical analyses to be applied. It is worth noting at this point that the process of representing information using particular scales of measurement is not always obvious, as some information may be legitimately classified in a variety of ways depending on the properties of ...

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