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Re: st: RE: Mean test in a Likert Scale

From   Nick Cox <>
Subject   Re: st: RE: Mean test in a Likert Scale
Date   Mon, 3 Sep 2012 16:08:02 +0100

I don't prescribe or proscribe. If a predictor is ordinal, I'd guess
that using indicator variables is most likely to be the best strategy.
But I don't rule out, a priori or even prima facie or ex cathedra,
that entering an ordinal variable "as is" might work well. Or even
that there is a case for using both the predictor and a set of
indicator variables.

Similarly, how to treat something measured in US dollars is not
something laid down in advance. It's most likely that I would want to
transform it.

I don't believe, by the way, that "anything goes" in data analysis,
but on this point I think flexibility scores over dogmatism.


On Mon, Sep 3, 2012 at 3:54 PM, Yuval Arbel <> wrote:
> Nick and Maarten, Note, that Kmenta's message is to prefer models with
> less restrictions.
> Moreover, are you suggesting we can deal in the same manner with
> quantitative values and ordinal variables? if our independent
> variables are  what subjects marked on a questionnaire on a scale
> between 1 to 5 is  the statistical treatment within a regression
> analysis framework should be identical to an independent variable
> measured in US dollars?
> On Mon, Sep 3, 2012 at 2:27 AM, Maarten Buis <> wrote:
>> On Mon, Sep 3, 2012 at 11:01 AM, Nick Cox wrote:
>>> Econometricians' practice seems almost invariably looser than that --
>>> and a good thing too -- although the idea that an analysis is correct
>>> or incorrect, and no shades of grey, still seems pervasive.
>> What amuses me are the occasional reference to "correct models", which
>> is just a contradiction in terms. A model is by definition a
>> simplification of reality, and simplifying reality is really central
>> to what a model is. If reality where so simple we could understand it
>> without simplification we would not need a model. However,
>> simplification is just another word for "wrong in some useful way". So
>> a correct model either does not simplify and is thus not a model, or
>> it is not as correct as the author thinks it is.
>> -- Maarten
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