Investigation of an Error Theory for Conjoint Measurement Methodology.
Final technical rept. 1 Mar 82-31 Mar 83,
OHIO STATE UNIV RESEARCH FOUNDATION COLUMBUS
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This report presents the results of an attempt to propose a basis for an error theory of conjoint measurement methodology. Conjoint measurement methodology offers a new and potentially useful approach for obtaining psychological scale values for components of multidimensional attributes. This report describes the mathematical foundations of this methodology as well as a means of evaluating the fit of an additive conjoint measurement model to a three factor design. For each of the critical axioms of conjoint measurement, proportions of errors that would be expected by chance for different conditions of simple independence are examined. In addition, a computer-based algorithm that can be used to perform specific kinds of conjoint analysis has been generalized and documented as a technique for assessing the fit of an additive model to a set of data. The program is called SWAT and its current state of development is described in this report. Finally, the appendices provide a step-by-step explanation of data deck arrangements for SWAT as well as some actual printouts from the program.
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