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Modern Multidimensional Scaling

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Borg, I. and Groenen, P.J.F. (2005). Modern multidimensional scaling. 2nd edition. New York: Springer.
The book provides a comprehensive treatment of multidimensional scaling (MDS), a family of statistical techniques for analyzing the structure of (dis)similarity data. Such data are widespread, including, for example, intercorrelations of survey items, direct ratings on the similarity on choice objects, or trade indices for a set of countries. MDS represents the data as distances among points in a geometric space of low dimensionality. This map can help to see patterns in the data that are not obvious from the data matrices. MDS is also used as a psychological model for judgments of similarity and preference.

This book may be used as an introduction to MDS for students in the psychology, sociology, and marketing, in particular. The prerequisite is some elementary background in statistics. The book is also well suited for a variety of advanced courses on MDS topics. All the mathematics required for more advanced topics is developed systematically.

Second Edition

This second edition is not only a complete overhaul of its predecessor, but also adds some 140 pages of new material. Many chapters are revised or have sections reflecting new insights and developments in MDS. There are two new chapters, one on asymmetric models and the other on unfolding. There are also numerous exercises that help the reader to practice what he or she has learned, and to delve deeper into the models and its intricacies. These exercises make it easier to use this edition in a course.

All data sets used in the book can be downloaded from here. We have added data sets that are used in the chapters and those in the exercises. The data sets are provided in three formats: raw ASCII files, Excel files, and SPSS data files.The appendix on computer programs has also been updated and enlarged to reflect the state of the art.

In addition, you can find links to MDS software as is discussed in Appendix B of the book.