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Earl R. Babbie
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Earl R. Babbie
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Textbook Problem

What level of measurement—nominal, ordinal, interval, or ratio—describes each of the following variables?

A. Race (white, African American, Asian, and so on)

B. Order of finish in a race (first, second, third, and so on)

C. Number of children in families

D. Populations of nations

E. Attitudes toward nuclear energy (strongly approve, approve, disapprove, strongly disapprove)

F. Region of birth (Northeast, Midwest, and so on)

G. Political orientation (very liberal, somewhat liberal, somewhat conservative, very conservative) **

Summary Introduction

Introduction:

A. Nominal data

B. Ordinal data

C. Ratio data

D. Ratio data

E. Interval data

F. Nominal data

G. Interval data

Explanation

Answer and explanation:

(This question requires a subjective answer, this is an example.)

Race is a nominal measure because it only indicates if people are different. The order of finish in a race is an example of an ordinal measure because it is a ranking based on when a competitor finished the race. The number of children in families and the population of countries are ratio measures because they are based on a zero point...

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