Methodological issues in categorical data analysis: Categorization, linearity, and response effects

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The “General Linear Reality” view of the social world endorsed by analysis models assuming (underlying) continuous variables that are normally distributed is still prevailing in most of social and behavioral research. In this article both assumptions are discussed, arguing that it might often be better to treat (latent) variables as fundamentally categorical and showing that the assumption of linear relationships may mislead researchers and lead them to accept response effects that may not be there or are of a rather different nature.
Keywords: categorical/categorized variables, underlying latent variables, Pearson-Yule dispute, ordinal/linear relationships, (extreme) response effects, measurement equivalence
LanguageEnglish
Pages126-141
JournalMethodology: European Journal of Research Methods for the Behavioral and Social Sciences
Volume11
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016

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