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Textbook Problem

In your own words, describe the difference between an index and a scale.

Summary Introduction

Introduction:

All scales are indices, but the reverse is not true. An index is a measurement made of other, smaller measurements, often scales. A scale is an index for only one factor.

Explanation

Answer and explanation:

(This question requires a subjective answer, this is an example.) A scale measures one variable, such as temperature, while an index is comprised of scales. The wind chill index, for example, is a combination of temperature, wind speed, and measurements of how our skin deals with cold.

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