Sorting tasks have provided researchers with valuable alternatives to traditional paired-comparison similarity judgments. They are particularly well-suited to studies involving large stimulus sets where exhaustive paired-comparison judgments become infeasible, especially in psychological studies investigating stimulus categorization. This paper presents a new stochastic multidimensional scaling procedure called CATSCALE for the analysis of three-way sorting data (as typically collected in categorization studies). We briefly present a review of the role of sorting tasks, especially in categorization studies, as well as a description of several traditional modes of analysis. The CATSCALE model and maximum likelihood based estimation procedure are described. An application of CATSCALE is presented with respect to a behavioral accounting study examining auditor's categorization processes with respect to various types of errors found in typical financial statements.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Statistics and Probability
- Computational Mathematics
- Computational Theory and Mathematics
- Applied Mathematics