A Two-Mode Clustering Study of Situations and Their Features

  • Thomas Eckes
Part of the Studies in Classification, Data Analysis and Knowledge Organization book series (STUDIES CLASS)


In order to examine categorical beliefs about situations typically occuring within the university milieu, 48 students were asked to keep a written record of the situations they encountered over a one-week period. The 30 most frequently mentioned situation labels were presented to an independent group of 34 students for rating on 18 bipolar scales. Mean ratings were arranged in a situation × feature matrix and submitted to a two-mode hierarchical clustering analysis. This analysis aimed at a common representation of situations and features. Nine two-mode clusters were identified showing how subjects gave meaning to classes of social situations. More generally, the two-mode clustering solution was found to illuminate the prototype organization of culturally shared knowledge about everyday situations.


Situation Cognition Everyday Situation Bipolar Scale Internal Heterogeneity Categorical Belief 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Eckes
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  1. 1.Fachbereich GesellschaftswissenschaftenBergische Universität WuppertalWuppertal 1Germany

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