Intransitivity associated with the method of paired
comparisons for scaling stimulus objects has been
hypothesized in previous research to relate to the
psychological and/or physical distance between
stimulus objects. The purpose of the present study
was to determine whether paired-comparisons intransitivity
is a function of intransitivity associated
with specific stimulus objects rather than a function
of the entire set of stimulus objects. Three 190-item, paired-comparisons instruments with diverse
content (i.e., vocational needs, mate preferences,
and food preferences) were designed to examine the
relationship between Stimulus Circular Triads and
the Total Circular Triad score and were administered
to 276 high school and 358 college students.
Results of univariate correlational analyses and
multiple-regression techniques suggested that
paired-comparisons intransitivity relates to
individual differences variables associated with the
respondent, although there were differences in the
absolute level of intransitivity associated with each
of the three sets of stimuli.
Hendel, Darwin D. (1977). Intransivity on paired-comparisons instruments: The relationship of the total circular triad score to stimulus circular triads. Applied Psychological Measurement, 1, 403-411. doi:10.1177/014662167700100308
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Intransivity on paired-comparisons instruments: The relationship of the total circular triad score to stimulus circular triads.
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