Regression analysis : with ranking data

Epy

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#1
In my survey

I have independent variables of age , sex and length of membership

I have then have a question where I ask participants to rank 5 statements in order of importance . with 5 being the most important and 1 being the least important .


Is regression a valid tool to analyse the relationship between these the independent variables and ranking

e.g did the older members choose statement 1 as the most important

did younger members choose statement 1 as the most important

I,e to asses the relationship between the independent variables and the choice in terms of ranking
 
#2
Hey Epy,

You probably can do some sort of regression, but not a standardised multiple regression, or I wouldn't recommend it as you have clearly five defined values in your dependent variable. Thus the results from an OLS-regression wouldn't be intuitive to interpret.

However, you can check out an ordinal logistic regression. I think Long and Freese (2014) has some very decent chapters on it. It basically allows you to calculate either the odds ratio/relative risk or coefficients for one profile (young) or another (old) to select either 1-5 on the scale of your dependent variable. Keep in mind that logistic regression tends to require a larger sample size.

Good luck!
 
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