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Unidimensional Scaling by John P. McIver, Edward G. Carmines


Unidimensional Scaling by John P. McIver, Edward G. Carmines

Provides an introduction to the fundamentals of scaling theory and construction, focusing on a variety of unidimensional scaling models. The authors present an overview and comparative analysis of such techniques as Thurstone scaling, Likert scaling, Guttman scaling, and unfolding theory, with emphasis on their varying conceptions of dimensionality. 'The aim of this series is to make the assumptions and practices of quantitative analysis more readily accessible to students and research workers with a limited background in statistics or mathematics...earlier works in the series certainly achieve this aim, and are, on the whole, lucidly written and of a generally high standard. The current two volumes maintain this standard.' -- Personality and Individual Differences, Vol 3 1982

About the Author

JOHN P. MCIVER (Ph.D., Indiana University, 1985) returned to the University of Colorado in 1996 after two years as Director of the Political Science Program of the National Science Foundation. McIver taught at the University of Houston prior to joining the University of Colorado faculty in 1987. McIver's research spans a number of areas from statistics and research methodology to public opinion with a major emphasis on the justice system. His work has been published in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, American Politics Quarterly, Political Methodology as well as in numerous other journals and books. He is the author of Uni-dimensional Scaling (with Edward G. Carmines) and Statehouse Democracy: Public Opinion, Politics, and Policy in the American States with Gerald Wright and Robert Erikson. He is editor of a special issue of the Justice System Journal on court-annexed arbitration programs nationwide. Edward G. Carmines is Warner O. Chapman Professor of Political Science and Rudy Professor at Indiana University. He is also the director of the Center on American Politics and the research director at the Center on Congress at Indiana University. His research focuses on American politics, especially elections, public opinion, and political behavior. He has published widely in the major journals in the discipline including the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, and Journal of Politics. He is the coauthor of seven books, two of which, Issue Evolution: Race and Transformation of American Politics, with James A. Stimson (Princeton University Press 1992), and Reaching beyond Race, with Paul M. Sniderman (Harvard University Press 1997), won the American Political Science Association's Gladys M. Kammerer Award for best book in the field of U.S. national policy. Four of his papers presented at academic conferences have won outstanding paper awards, including the Franklin L. Burdette Pi Sigma Alpha Award, the Pi Sigma Alpha Award, and the Chastain Award. Professor Carmines was a Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford in 1998, a Fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in 2000-01, and a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University in 2006-07. In 1987 he was awarded the AMOCO Award for Distinguished Teaching from Indiana University.

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24th November 1981


John P. McIver, Edward G. Carmines

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SAGE Publications Inc


96 pages


Applied mathematics



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