An experimental investigation was conducted for the combined purposes of determining the relative merits of various category scales for the prediction of human discomfort response to vibration and for determining the mathematical relationships whereby subjective data are transformed from one scale to other scales. There were 16 category scales analyzed representing various parametric combinations of polarity, that is, unipolar and bipolar, scale type, and number of scalar points. Results indicated that unipolar continuous-type scales containing either seven or nine scalar points provide the greatest reliability and discriminability. Transformations of subjective data between category scales were found to be feasible with unipolar scales of a larger number of scalar points providing the greatest accuracy of transformation. The results contain coefficients for transformation of subjective data between the category scales investigated. A result of particular interest was that the comfort half of a bipolar scale was seldom used by subjects to describe their subjective reaction to vibration.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Langley Research Center

    Advanced Research and Technical Office
    Langley Station, VA  United States  23365
  • Authors:
    • Dempsey, T K
    • Coates, G D
    • Leatherwood, J D
  • Publication Date: 1977-11

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  • Pagination: 48 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00175001
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NASA-TP-1064
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 26 1978 12:00AM