Psychometrics: Preference Models with Latent Variables

Ulf Bockenholt*

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Current psychometric models of choice behavior are strongly influenced by Thurstone's (1927) experimental and statistical work on measuring and scaling preferences. Aided by advances in computational techniques, preference models can now accommodate a wide range of data types and sources of preference variability among respondents induced by diverse factors such as person-specific choice sets or different functional forms for the underlying utility representations. At the same time, these models are increasingly challenged by behavioral work demonstrating the prevalence of choice behavior that is not consistent with the underlying assumptions of these models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
StatePublished - Mar 26 2015


  • Consistency conditions
  • Context effect
  • Identifiability
  • Intransitivity
  • Paired comparison
  • Random utility models
  • Ranking
  • Revealed preferences
  • Social dependencies
  • Stated preferences
  • Time dependencies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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