A Thurstonian analysis of preference change

Ulf Böckenholt*

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This paper presents a Thurstonian model for the analysis of preference change. Preferences are expressed in the form of rankings, possibly with ties. A vector-autoregression framework is used to investigate relationships between past and current rankings. It is shown that this approach yields a parsimonious and easily interpretable representation of individual preference differences in time-dependent ranking data. A detailed analysis of the 1992 National Election Study illustrates the proposed approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)300-314
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Mathematical Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2002


  • Maximum likelihood estimation
  • Parameter-driven process
  • Ranking data
  • Ties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Applied Mathematics


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