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A Modal Search Technique for Predictibe Nominal Scale Multivariate Analys

Robert Messenger and Lewis Mandell
Journal of the American Statistical Association
Vol. 67, No. 340 (Dec., 1972), pp. 768-772
DOI: 10.2307/2284634
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2284634
Page Count: 5
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A Modal Search Technique for Predictibe Nominal Scale Multivariate Analys
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Abstract

A method is proposed in which a statistic, Θ, is used as a probabilistic measure of strength of association in the multivariate prediction of a nominal scale by nominal and/or ordinal scales. The relationship of theta to the bivariate Goodman and Kruskal's Lambda statistic is given. An algorithm using the theta statistic as criterion in an exhaustive search and optimal stepwise binary split procedure is described. A computer program and sample results are discussed.

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