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Measuring Complex Variables by Sums of Scores - A Popular and Questionable Method of Measurement Without Theory

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  • Peter von der Lippe

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  • Andreas Kladroba

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    (Universität Duisburg-Essen,)

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A popular and widespread, though rarely ever scrutinised method of measuring a complex multidimensional construct y consists of adding the scores (Wert), ..., (Wert) assigned to a unit in in "dimensions". These scores ("indicators") are supposed to represent the in relevant aspects of y. Interestingly the sum-of-scores method (SSM) is not only lacking a theoretical justification there is not even a clear understanding of the relevance of the correlation between the indicators for y. The paper therefore aims at relating the SSM to methods of multivariate analysis and tries to clarify the role of weights in the summation of scores.

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Article provided by Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Department of Statistics and Economics in its journal Journal of Economics and Statistics.

Volume (Year): 224 (2004)
Issue (Month): 1-2 (February)
Pages: 115-134

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Handle: RePEc:jns:jbstat:v:224:y:2004:i:1-2:p:115-134

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Keywords: Scoring; multivariate analysis; empirical economic and social research;

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