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Assigning Values in Likert Scales

Likert Scale. Since it is a continuum, how do we assign numerical value for statistical analysis if somebody rate themselves in between two answers (i.e. between 'not likely' and 'somewhat possible')?

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Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. In this particular task, you are asking a question in relation to value assignations in the Likert scale. I am supposing that this question is part of your test, or if not, it is a question that is based on a dilemma presented in a Likert questionnaire result? I am going to answer your inquiry therefore in a straightforward manner, unlike before.

So, on to your question. First it is important to remember that when designing a Likert scale, the researcher also assigns the values to the answers. The answer choices are limited in accordance to the design of the researcher. Therefore if a question has 5 choice answers, we expect the respondent to ...

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The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) in relation to a question about assigning values in Likert Scale survey results when answers fall between answer choices. Some resources are listed for further exploration of the topic. 495 words.