Assignment 4

Examine data collected in a survey during which subjects were asked to compare a set of legal offences and to say for each one how dissimilar it is, in terms of seriousness, compared to each of the others in turn. Each entry in the table shows the percentage of respondents who judge offences as very dissimilar. Find a two-dimensinal scaling solution and interpret the dimensions underlying the subjects' judgements.

The offences were (in order that they appear in the data)

  1. Assault and battery
  2. Rape
  3. Embezzlement
  4. Perjury
  5. Libel
  6. Burglary
  7. Prostitution
  8. Receiving stolen goods