Paired comparisons intransitivity: Is it relatively stable over time?

Darwin D. Hendel

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The present study investigated the long-term stability of response intransitivity in the method of paired comparisons. The test-retest time interval was two years, during which the two groups of subjects progressed from eighth grade to tenth grade (N = 235) and from tenth grade to twelfth grade (N = 175). Intransitivity scores obtained from two administrations of the Minnesota Importance Questionnaire were correlated to determine stability. Results indicated correlations of r = .34 and r = .44 (p ≤ .001) for the eighth graders and twelfth graders, respectively, and provided support for the linear relationship between the two measures of response intransitivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)779-784
Number of pages6
JournalEducational and Psychological Measurement
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1979


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