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ERIC Number: EJ792488
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0303-8300
The Use of Different Happiness Rating Scales: Bias and Comparison Problem?
Lim, Hock-Eam
Social Indicators Research, v87 n2 p259-267 Jun 2008
This paper uses data of reported happiness which is measured at 4, 5, 7 and 11 likert-scale points. A group of 137 respondents was selected to study the comparison problem on the estimated mean happiness using direct rescaling. It is found that the 11-point scale's estimated mean happiness is significantly higher than the 4 and 7-point scale. This paper also proposes an alternate method of rescaling using transition probabilities as weights. This adjusted rescaling resembles the calculation of expected value and provides better mean comparison.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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