, Volume 48, Issue 3, pp 473–476 | Cite as

A note on the use of directional statistics in weighted euclidean distances multidimensional scaling models

  • Charles L. Jones
Notes And Comments


The weighted euclidean distances model in multidimensional scaling (WMDS) represents individual differences as dimension saliences which can be interpreted as the orientations of vectors in a subject space. It has recently been suggested that the statistics of directions would be appropriate for carrying out tests of location with such data. The nature of the directional representation in WMDS is reviewed and it is argued that since dimension saliences are almost always positive, the directional representations will usually be confined to the positive orthant. Conventional statistical techniques are appropriate to angular representations of the individual differences which will yield angles in the interval (0, 90) so long as dimension saliences are nonnegative, a restriction which can be imposed. Ordinary statistical methods are also appropriate with several linear indices which can be derived from WMDS results. Directional statistics may be applied more fruitfully to vector representations of preferences.

Key words

multidimensional scaling directional data 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles L. Jones
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  1. 1.McMaster University and University of TorontoCanada

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