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**"Ordinal scale"****Related Terms:**Nominal scale, Ordinal, Scale, Interval scale, Ratio scale, Ordinal data, Scale, Ordinal variable, Interval data, Frequency distribution, Dimension, Rank order, Measure, Categorical variable, Degrees of freedom, Measurement, Scale, Quantitative, Classify, Orders of magnitude, Scale factor, Mode, Degree of freedom, Continuous variable, Classification, Categorical data, Logarithmic scale, Rating scale, Geometric mean, Rank, Measurement, Measurement, Relative frequency, Variable, Metric, Parameter, Contingency table, Statistic, Central tendency, Measure of central tendency, Measures of central tendency, Variables, Population, Multidimensional scaling, Percentile, Discrete data, Precision, Permutation, Least squares, Quantitative data

A measuring system in which the numbers used are monotonically related to the magnitude of the objects being measured. Monotonicity means the larger the object, the larger the number.

A ranking of values (amounts, numbers, scores) from greatest to least, lowest to highest, first to last, etc., but by a category instead of a number. For example, social class could be grouped and ordered as lower class, working class, middle class, and upper class. Items (groupings) on this kind of scale are not equally spaced.

A scale on which numbers are used only to place objects in order.

A scale in which responses are rank-ordered by relative magnitude but in which the intervals between successive ranks are not necessarily equal. See also categorical scale, interval scale, nominal scale, and ratio scale.

A measurement scale in which cases are ordered along some dimension, with the distances between scale values being unknown.

A measurement scale in which numbers indicate rank (from highest to lowest). For example, the ranks of 1=some High School, 2=High School graduate, 3=Some College, 4=College Graduate, indicate that persons with higher rankings have more education than those with lower rankings.

a measurement scale that assigns values to objects based on their ranking with respect to one another

a rule for arranging observations into an order, that is, ordering objects based on a common property

a set of categories that have order, but where we do not know the distance between the categories, and where the distance between one pair of categories may be different from the distance between another pair

a set of numbers, such as height or weight, ordered by increasing value

A scale of measurement where data are put in order, but where there is no fixed amount of difference between the points on the scale. For example, the rank order of premier league football teams, or World ranking of tennis players.

A measurement in which numbers are assigned to attributes of objects of classes of objects to reflect the order.

An ordinal scale requires an individual to rank order measurements.

A classification of cases into a set or ordered classes such that each case is considered equal to, greater than, or less than every other case. Analytic techniques appropriate for ordinal scaled variables are not affected by any monotonic transformations of the numbers assigned to the classes. See also SCALE OF MEASUREMENT.

A scale of measurement with the following properties: (1) the values are distinguishable; (2) they are ordered but the intervals between the points are not equidistant nor is there a meaningful zero point scale. The values of an ordinal scale are often ranked, eg 1st, 4th.

Classification into ordered qualitative categories; e.g., social class (I, II, III, etc.), where the values have a distinct order, but their categories are qualitative in that there is no natural (numerical) distance between their positive values.

A scale in which values can be rank ordered, but in which the distances between points are arbitrary or otherwise unknown.

An ordinal scale is a nominal scale where categories are ordered by quantity or degree of measured attribute.

a scale of measurement that indicates the relative, but not exact, magnitude of scores. (641)

A measurement scale in which values can be ranked but no other mathematical process can be applied to them 22

A scale of measurement that consists of items in some logical order, such as position in a race, order of preference, a list of participants ordered by their academic achievements. value The probability that the null hypothesis is true, calculated using inferential statistics. The statistical test returns a value that can be compared with an acceptbale or expected level (alpha).

Used for characteristics that have an underlying order to their values; the numbers used are arbitrary (an example is Apgar scores).

(n) A qualitative data scale that has an inherent order. Even though ordinal data has an order, the order is not quantitative because the individual data elements are symbolic and have no inherent magnitude.

An ordinal scale defines a total preorder of objects; the scale values themselves have a total order; names may be used like "bad", "medium", "good"; if numbers are used they are only relevant up to strictly monotonically increasing transformations (order isomorphism). See also level of measurement.