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Measuring Community Annoyance from Aircraft Noise

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How should annoyance responses from individuals receiving a similar aircraft noise exposure be combined, in order to measure 'community annoyance'? Schultz's metric, the percentage of people who express 'High annoyance', is widely used. Estimates of average annoyance, which take into account all the surveyed responses, can be constructed either from Category Ratings (using differences) or from Magnitude Estimates (via ratios). An illustrative measurement theory-based analysis of empirical data gives an example where the Schultz metric and Magnitude Estimates show a better agreement than Category Ratings. If Magnitude Estimates were to be well-established, then this would enable proper statistical comparisons between studies using ANAS and ICBEN scales.

Document Type: Short Communication


Publication date: May 1, 2009

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  • Acta Acustica united with Acustica, published together with the European Acoustics Association (EAA), is an international, peer-reviewed journal on acoustics. It publishes original articles on all subjects in the field of acoustics, such as general linear acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, macrosonics, flow acoustics, atmospheric sound, underwater sound, ultrasonics, physical acoustics, structural acoustics, noise control, active control, environmental noise, building acoustics, room acoustics, acoustic materials, acoustic signal processing, computational and numerical acoustics, hearing, audiology and psychoacoustics, speech, musical acoustics, electroacoustics, auditory quality of systems. It reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. The journal considers scientific papers, technical and applied papers, book reviews, short communications, doctoral thesis abstracts, etc. In irregular intervals also special issues and review articles are published.
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