SOCI 217 Lecture Notes - Lecture 10: Likert Scale, Dependent And Independent Variables

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Week 5- indexes and scales
Indexes and scales
Index
o Composite measure (additions) that summarize and rank orders several
observations
Constructed by accumulating scores assigned to individual attributes
Scale
o Composite measure composed of several items with a logical or empirical
structure
Constructed by assigning scores to patterns of responses, recognizing
that some items reflect a week degree of the variable while others reflect
a stronger degree
Index-construction logic
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Scale-construction logic
o Getting a score and compare them to others
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Likert scale
Respondents specify their level of agreement or disagreement on a symmetric agree-
disagree scale for a series of statements
o Captures intensity of feelings for a given item
Typology
o Used in nominal levels of measurement
Able to use as a independent variable but not as a dependent variable
Classification of observations in terms of their attributes on two or more variables or
concepts
Combining attributes
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