alignByIdeal: Align constructs using the ideal element to gain pole...

Description Usage Arguments Value Author(s) References See Also Examples

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Description

The direction of the constructs in a grid is arbitrary and a reflection of a scale does not affect the information contained in the grid. Nonetheless, the direction of a scale has an effect on inter-element correlations (Mackay, 1992) and on the spatial representation and clustering of the grid (Bell, 2010). Hence, it is desirable to follow a protocol to align constructs that will render unique results. A common approach is to align constucts by pole preference, i. e. aligninig all positive and negative poles. This can e. g. be achieved using swapPoles. If an ideal element is present, this element can be used to identify the positive and negative pole. The function alignByIdeal will align the constructs accordingly. Note that this approach does not always yield definite results as sometimes ratings do not show a clear preference for one pole (Winter, Bell & Watson, 2010). If a preference cannot be determined definitely, the construct direction remains unchanged (a warning is issued in that case).

Usage

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alignByIdeal(x, ideal, high = TRUE)

Arguments

x

repgrid object

ideal

Number of the element that is used for alignment (the ideal).

high

Logical. Whether to align the constructs so the ideal will have high ratings on the constructs (i.e. TRUE, default) or low ratings (FALSE). High scores will lead to the preference pole on the right side, low scores will align the preference pole on the left side.

Value

repgrid object with aligned constructs.

Author(s)

Mark Heckmann

References

Bell, R. C. (2010). A note on aligning constructs. Personal Construct Theory & Practice, 7, 42-48.

Mackay, N. (1992). Identification, Reflection, and Correlation: Problems in ihe bases of repertory grid measures. International Journal of Personal Construct Psychology, 5(1), 57-75.

Winter, D. A., Bell, R. C., & Watson, S. (2010). Midpoint ratings on personal constructs: Constriction or the middle way? Journal of Constructivist Psychology, 23(4), 337-356.

See Also

alignByLoadings

Examples

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## Not run: 

  feixas2004                             # original grid
  alignByIdeal(feixas2004, 13)           # aligned with preference pole on the right

  raeithel                               # original grid
  alignByIdeal(raeithel, 3, high=FALSE)  # aligned with preference pole on the left


## End(Not run)

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