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Title: Modification and simplification of Thurstone scaling method, and its demonstration with a crime seriousness assessment
Authors: Ip, WC
Kwan, YK
Chiu, LL
Keywords: Continuum scale
Hierarchical structure
Paired-comparison
Seriousness ranking
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Springer
Source: Social indicators research, 2007, v. 82, no. 3, p. 433-442 How to cite?
Journal: Social indicators research 
Abstract: The paper aims to improve the Thurstone scaling method by reducing the workload of data collection and simplifying the procedures of application. It proposes a hierarchical structure for organizing items that are to be scaled. Instead of making paired comparisons, the respondents would be asked to rank the items. The ranks of the items would then be transformed into paired comparisons. Workload of data collection can hence be greatly reduced. As an alternative to Thurstone model, the use of three models, i.e., linear, exponential and information, to compute serious scores is also demonstrated.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/27519
ISSN: 0303-8300
EISSN: 1573-0921
DOI: 10.1007/s11205-006-9040-z
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