TY - JOUR

T1 - Structural ordering analysis for interval rating data

AU - Matsui, Tatsunori

AU - Takeya, Makoto

PY - 1995/10

Y1 - 1995/10

N2 - The questionnaire test using the rating scale data is applied effectively, since it features relatively high reliability and the simple processing. the semantic structure analysis (SS analysis) is proposed as the method of structural analysis for the rating scale data. In the SS analysis, the order of the items is considered, and the human behavior or the psychological aspects are interpreted from the ordering structure of the items. In the conventional questionnaire test using the rating scale data, the evaluation is possible in many cases even if the data are composed of a discrete single point. Depending on the questionnaire items, however, it may happen that the evaluator is not convinced of a discrete single point. From such a viewpoint, this paper proposes a structural analysis considering the ordering among items which is not a discrete point evaluation to evaluate by a single discrete point, but is an interval evaluation to evaluate by an interval on the rating scale. For this purpose, the difference between the ratings of two items is quantified anew based on the interval rating data. the inversely ordered rating ratio and the ordering coefficient are defined as the indices for the ordering. It is shown that the method proposed in this paper is an extension of the SS analysis. Furthemore, as the structural analysis, the ordering structure graph is constructed for the set of items. A method of constructing the ordering structure graph is presented, and the application process is shown through an actual example.

AB - The questionnaire test using the rating scale data is applied effectively, since it features relatively high reliability and the simple processing. the semantic structure analysis (SS analysis) is proposed as the method of structural analysis for the rating scale data. In the SS analysis, the order of the items is considered, and the human behavior or the psychological aspects are interpreted from the ordering structure of the items. In the conventional questionnaire test using the rating scale data, the evaluation is possible in many cases even if the data are composed of a discrete single point. Depending on the questionnaire items, however, it may happen that the evaluator is not convinced of a discrete single point. From such a viewpoint, this paper proposes a structural analysis considering the ordering among items which is not a discrete point evaluation to evaluate by a single discrete point, but is an interval evaluation to evaluate by an interval on the rating scale. For this purpose, the difference between the ratings of two items is quantified anew based on the interval rating data. the inversely ordered rating ratio and the ordering coefficient are defined as the indices for the ordering. It is shown that the method proposed in this paper is an extension of the SS analysis. Furthemore, as the structural analysis, the ordering structure graph is constructed for the set of items. A method of constructing the ordering structure graph is presented, and the application process is shown through an actual example.

KW - SS analysis

KW - Structural analysis

KW - interval rating

KW - inversely ordered rating ratio

KW - ordering

KW - ordering coefficient

KW - ordering structure graph

KW - point rating

KW - sequence reference

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U2 - 10.1002/ecjc.4430781010

DO - 10.1002/ecjc.4430781010

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:0029387854

SN - 1042-0967

VL - 78

SP - 91

EP - 103

JO - Electronics and Communications in Japan, Part III: Fundamental Electronic Science (English translation of Denshi Tsushin Gakkai Ronbunshi)

JF - Electronics and Communications in Japan, Part III: Fundamental Electronic Science (English translation of Denshi Tsushin Gakkai Ronbunshi)

IS - 10

ER -