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The Statistical Analysis of Preference Data

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A new statistic and a new method of analysis are proposed for data where a sample of respondents provides a preference ordering of some treatments. The new preference statistic is compared with the Friedman statistic, particularly for an example where 12 home owners each ranked four grasses. The new analysis provides a more natural and less misleading assessment of where the differences occur than an analysis based on the rank sums of the Friedman statistic. The new analysis is also more robust to deviations from the classical location problem, is not related to election methods known to have undesirable characteristics and adheres to the Condorcet criterion for election methods.

Keywords: Anderson statistic; Borda scores; Condorcet criterion; Friedman statistic; Methods of election; Rank data

Document Type: Original Article


Affiliations: Murdoch University, Australia

Publication date: January 1, 1997


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