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RM-RP-293: Scaling of ratings: concepts and methods


Brown, Thomas C.; Daniel, Terry C. 1990. Scaling of ratings: concepts and methods. Res. Pap. RM-293. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 24 p.

Rating scales provide an efficient and widely used means of recording judgments. This paper reviews scaling issues within the context of a psychometric model of the rating process, describes several methods of scaling rating data, and compares the methods in terms of the assumptions they require about the rating process and the information they provide about the underlying psychological dimension being assessed.

Keywords: Ratings, psychological scaling, measurement, judgment scaling model


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Title: RM-RP-293: Scaling of ratings: concepts and methods
Electronic Publish Date: March 1, 2004
Last Update:
August 25, 2010

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