Methods for the Analysis of Choices and Evaluations

Analysis of option impacts on share and advantage of other options in a selection set

One simple but powerful application included in Options Analysis is analysis of each option's impacts on the remaining options in a selection set.

The analysis involves a comparison of differences of share, advantage and disadvantage between the full selection set and selection sets minus each option, in turn.

In the following example, the first four lines of data in each table below show the results for basic analysis of share, advantage and disadvantage. The first line in each table is for the full selection set of three options. Each of the next three lines in each table are analyses which each exclude one of the three target options. Analysis involves comparison of each of these lines with the full analysis results.

Used here are three appeal measures (using what the US NES calls a "feeling thermometer") for the three main presidential candidates, for the full sample, regardless of whether they voted.

The analysis is based on 1996 US NES data described in the ExampleSample.xls file included in the Options Analysis download package. The actual example is included amongst the analyses contained in the ExampleAnalysis.xls file also included in the download package. In addition to the output example is an Excel version of the analysis where you will be able to see the cell formulas used for calculating the comparative results.

Impacts of options on shares
Clinton Dole Perot Totals
Shares 58% 32% 10% 100%
Shares for reduced selection sets    
Clinton excluded   66% 33% 99%
Dole excluded 72%   27% 100%
Perot excluded 63% 37%   100%
Impact of option in share points      
Clinton's impacts   -35% -23% -57%
Dole's impacts -14%   -18% -32%
Perot's impacts -5% -5%   -10%
Sources of option share      
Clinton's sources   60% 40% 100%
Dole's sources 45%   55% 100%
Perot's sources 51% 49%   100%
Impacts of options on advantage
Clinton Dole Perot
  17.5 9.4 1.6
Advantage for reduced selection sets
Clinton excluded   19.1 6.8
Dole excluded 27.0   7.5
Perot excluded 22.6 15.2  
Points change in advantage
Clinton's impacts   -9.7 -5.2
Dole's impacts -9.5   -5.9
Perot's impacts -5.1 -5.8  
Percent change in advantage
Clinton's impacts   -51% -77%
Dole's impacts -35%   -79%
Perot's impacts -22% -38%  
Impacts of options on disadvantage
Clinton Dole Perot
  -16.6 -24.1 -36.3
Disadvantage for reduced selection sets
Clinton excluded   -6.8 -19.1
Dole excluded -7.5   -27.0
Perot excluded -15.2 -22.6  
Points change in disadvantage
Clinton's impacts   -17.2 -17.2
Dole's impacts -9.1   -9.3
Perot's impacts -1.4 -1.5  
Percent change in disadvantage
Clinton's impacts   252% 90%
Dole's impacts 122%   34%
Perot's impacts 10% 6%  

If no appeal data is available or you are only interested in share data or you have only choice or probability data for options, then the Option Impacts Analysis package will be more appropriate.


Rosenstone, Steven J., Donald R. Kinder, Warren E. Miller, and the National
ELECTION STUDY [dataset]. 3rd release. Ann Arbor, MI: University of
Michigan, Center for Political Studies [producer and distributor], 1998.

These materials are based on work supported by the National Science
Foundation under Grant Nos. : SBR-9707741, SBR-9317631, SES-9209410,
SES-9009379, SES-8808361, SES-8341310, SES-8207580, and SOC77-885.

Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in
these materials are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect
those of the National Science Foundation.

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