This paper presents a multidimensional scaling (MDS) methodology (vector model) for the spatial analysis of preference data that explicitly models the effects of unfamiliarity on evoked preferences. Our objective is to derive a joint space map of brand locations and consumer preference vectors that is free from potential distortion resulting from the analysis of preference data confounded with the effects of consumer-specific brand unfamiliarity. An application based on preference and familiarity ratings for ten luxury car models collected from 240 consumers who intended to buy a luxury car within a designated time frame is presented. The results are compared with those obtained from MDPREF, a popular metric vector MDS model used for the scaling of preference data. In particular, we find that the consumer preference vectors obtained from the proposed methodology are substantially different in orientation from those estimated by the MDPREF model. The implications of the methodology are discussed.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Business and International Management
- Economics and Econometrics