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Date:         Mon, 10 Apr 2006 09:06:09 -0400
Reply-To:     Mark A Davenport MADAVENP <>
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From:         Mark A Davenport MADAVENP <>
Subject:      Re: SPSS 12.0 Statistical Procedures Companion Book
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I don't have access to this book (to be honest, I don't recognize the title and I have been collecting her stuff for years) but I agree that, the way you describe them, these are ordinal. That is, anything that approaches 'ranking' is, at the very least, ordinal. In a true nominal scale, you can switch around the values however you want and not mess up the scale. Values merely reflect uniqueness, not rank. I don't see how 'how often do you read the newspaper?' can be nominal.


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Omar Farook <> Sent by: "SPSSX(r) Discussion" <SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> 04/09/2006 02:00 AM Please respond to Omar Farook <>


Subject SPSS 12.0 Statistical Procedures Companion Book

Dear Experts. Under the title ?Measures of Association for Nominal Variables? page 175, Mr. Norusis used two variables Highest degree and How often do you read a newspaper?. I am confused, I think that the two variables are ordinal and the title

talking about nominal. Please help. Thanks. Omar.

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