Absolute scale

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The absolute scale is one of the scale levels that are differentiated in statistics . Characteristic values ​​for which the following applies are entered on an absolute scale:

  • The characteristic values ​​are shown as a number,
  • for the numerical values ​​there is a natural zero point and
  • the unit of measurement is of course given (i.e. “ piece ” in the broadest sense ). So it is a natural unit .

Example: For the characteristic “population size of a country”, the number of inhabitants is the natural measure with the natural zero point “no inhabitants”.

With absolute scales, the scale unit cannot be freely selected. Absolute scales are clearly defined and scale transformations are not permitted.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Andreas Diekmann: Empirical social research . Rowohlt-Taschenbuch-Verl., Reinbek near Hamburg 2009, ISBN 978-3-499-55678-4 , pp. 254 .