Methods & Designs

Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, & Computers

, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 360-374

Solutions to some problems in the implementation of conjoint analysis

  • Carol A. E. NickersonAffiliated withPublications Librarian, Center for Research on Judgment and Policy, University of Colorado
  • , Gary H. McClellandAffiliated withPublications Librarian, Center for Research on Judgment and Policy, University of Colorado
  • , Doreen M. PetersenAffiliated withPublications Librarian, Center for Research on Judgment and Policy, University of Colorado

Abstract

Methodological problems encountered in implementing conjoint analysis include (1) the impractically large set of multiattribute choice alternatives created by the factorial combination of more than a few attributes, (2) the hypothetical nature of the alternatives in the choice set, and (3) the assumption that each individual’s preferences can be described by the same composition rule. The techniques of tailoring, belief matching, and axiom testing are suggested as solutions to these problems, and their use is demonstrated in a conjoint analysis study of individuals’ contraceptive preferences. It is noted that tailoring and belief matching can also be used as methodological enhancements in functional measurement studies.