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Interval-level measurement with visual analogue scales in Internet-based research: VAS Generator

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The present article describes VAS Generator (www.vasgenerator.net), a free Web service for creating a wide range of visual analogue scales that can be used as measurement devices in Web surveys and Web experimentation, as well as for local computerized assessment. A step-by-step example for creating and implementing a visual analogue scale with visual feedback is given. VAS Generator and the scales it generates work independently of platforms and use the underlying languages HTML and JavaScript. Results from a validation study with 355 participants are reported and show that the scales generated with VAS Generator approximate an interval-scale level. In light of previous research on visual analogue versus categorical (e.g., radio button) scales in Internet-based research, we conclude that categorical scales only reach ordinal-scale level, and thus visual analogue scales are to be preferred whenever possible.

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Correspondence to Ulf-Dietrich Reips.

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This article is based on a presentation given at the 36th Annual Meeting of the Society for Computers in Psychology, Houston, TX, on November 16, 2006.

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Reips, UD., Funke, F. Interval-level measurement with visual analogue scales in Internet-based research: VAS Generator. Behavior Research Methods 40, 699–704 (2008). https://doi.org/10.3758/BRM.40.3.699

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Keywords

  • Visual Analogue Scale
  • Behavior Research Method
  • Radio Button
  • Picture File
  • Verbal Anchor