If we see three people we can say they are class majestic

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If we see three people we can say they are class majestic, regal, and  imperial or heavy, heavier, and heaviest , or size 30, 40, 50, or 150 pounds,  200 pounds and 250 pounds. In fact they weigh 150, 200, or 250 pounds  they are, in fact, ordered in what is called a ratio scale. However we may  not always have or even want every aspect of information available in  nature. In our technical terminology, their ordering could be nominal,  ordinal, interval or ratio depending on how much information we want to  communicate. Similarly for personality except that the relationship in  nature is less well known or understood. In essence then we are talking  about how much information is retained in the vicarious system with  respect to the variables of interest.  This is like assigning different football players different numbers. The only thing  that is implied by a nominal number is that it is different from any other nominal 
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course PSY PSY2012 taught by Professor Scheff during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.

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