Application of a computerized fuzzy graphic rating scale to the psychological measurement of individual differences

Tim Hesketh*, Robert Pryor, Beryl Hesketh

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The scale allows respondents to provide an imprecise rating and lends itself to analysis using fuzzy set theory. Respondents rated nine occupational stimuli, carefully chosen to represent three levels of prestige and three levels of sex-type, eight fuzzy graphic rating scales (5 for prestige and 3 for sex-type). A single expected value was calculated for the fuzzy ratings of the occupations to permit correlations with the a priori values for the nine occupations. Various combinations of scales were obtained by forming the union of individual fuzzy ratings. Expected values based on combined scales were calculated and the results were also correlated with the a priori Daniel and Shinar scale values. Potential applications of the fuzzy graphic rating scale are outlined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-35
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Man-Machine Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1988
Externally publishedYes

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