Design & Factor Selection
Design Types & Categories
Qualitative Factors - Qualitative factors are those that are not assigned measurable levels, such as on/off or blue/green/red. The levels of a qualitative factor are nominal; they do not have a natural order or a measure of separation between them. Qualitative factors often exist in a few discrete categories only. They are also referred to as attribute data.
When numerical calculations are made using qualitative data, a numerical value must be assigned to each factor category. In ANOVA, a geometric level is assigned. In Regression, the selection in Action/Analysis Preferences is used. The order in which qualitative factors are listed or displayed have no numeric significance and non-linear models are not usually associated with qualitative parameters.
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