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Messung komplexer Variablen als Summe von Punktzahlen / Measuring Complex Variables by Sums of Scores: Eine beliebte Methode des measurement without theory / A Popular and Questionable Method of Measurement Without Theory

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  • Lippe Peter von der


  • Kladroba Andreas


    (Universität Duisburg-Essen, Campus Essen, FB 5, Universitätsstraße 12, D-45117 Essen, Germany)

A popular and widespread, though rarely ever scrutinised method of measuring a complex multidimensional construct y consists of adding the scores x1, ..., xm assigned to a unit in m “dimensions”. These scores (“indicators”) are supposed to represent the m 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 De Gruyter in its journal Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik).

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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