Category: Dissertation/ThesisIs a Likert-type scale ordinal or interval data?

I’ve seen many people getting confused for the Likert scale type. Many people say that it is ordinal data, and many say that it is interval data.  Which exactly is it?

asked on 04 Sep 18Shubham Bichwani shubham bichwani
3 Answers
answered on 04 Sep 18

It is ordinal.

Amrita Goyal amrita goyal
answered on 04 Sep 18

The easiest way to learn the difference between the two is that an ordinal scale is a set of values, e.g. all positive integer numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, …. together with the common “less than” relationship, x < y, defined for every pair of such number. Whereas, interval scale has an additional structural component. Thus, an ordinal scale can never be an interval scale.

Mansi Singhal mansi singhal
answered on 05 Sep 18

You can also find out whether you are dealing with an ordinal or an interval scale by the following way:
You are dealing with an ordinal scale if you cannot consistently define and measure distances between objects you are interested in, but it is possible to rank order those objects. And, if you cannot even rank the considered objects, then you aren’t dealing with ordered objects on an ordinal scale ~ probably all you have is an interval scale.

Nancy Trivedi nancy trivedi

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