RPTS 336 - (7) Operationalizing variables (student version)

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Unformatted text preview: RPTS 336: Recreation Research & Analysis Woosnam September 16, 2011 Operationalizing Variables Anything that may assume(If) different numerical values A logical grouping of attributes( ? ? ) (qualities that describe some object) What is a variable? Types of variables _categorical( ? ? )_ vs. _continuous_ variables _independent_ vs. _depended_ variables Categorical variables Categorical variables have a limited number of attributes (values) Gender: Race/ethnicity: Likelihood of revisiting: Examples? Male, female White, Black, Asian, Hispanic, Other Yes, no, not sure Continuous variables Continuous variables have a potentially( ? ? ) _infinite_ number of values Values are numerical and can be ranked from high to low Age: Test score: Attitude: Birding skills: Other examples? Measured in years Measured in percentage Measured along a 5-point scale: 1 (strongly disagree) 2 (disagree) 3 (neither disagree nor agree) 4 (agree) 5 (strongly agree) Measured as # of birds identified without field guide...
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This note was uploaded on 12/07/2011 for the course RPTS 336 taught by Professor Woo during the Spring '11 term at West Texas A&M University.

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RPTS 336 - (7) Operationalizing variables (student version)...

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