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Fundamentals of Applied Multidimensional Scaling for Educational and Psychological Research is divided into three parts. Part I covers the basic and fundamental features of MDS models pertaining to applied research applications. Chapters in this section cover the essential features of data that are typically associated with MDS analysis such as preference ration or binary choice data, and also looking at metric and non-metric MDS models to build a foundation for later discussion and applications in later chapters. Part II examines specific MDS models and its applications for education and psychology. This includes spatial analysis methods that can be used in MDS to test clustering effect of items and individual differences MDS model (INDSCAL). Finally, Part III focuses on new applications of MDS analysis in these research fields. These new applications consist of profile analysis, longitudinal analysis, mean-level change, and pattern change. The book concludes with a historical review of MDS development as an analytical method and a look to future directions.
Covers topics relevant to current practices in educational or psychological research and practice
Uses non-technical language to describe the methods in order to make it easy for readers without a background in MDS can understand
With expertise in quantitative research design and analysis, in particular experimental design and survey research, Dr. Ding focuses on multidimensional scaling, data visualization, and longitudinal modeling. Psychometric expertise includes item response theory and multidimensional scaling applied to measurement and evaluation research. Dr. Ding has been actively involving in research on multidimensional scaling as latent growth model and cognitive measurement model in education and psychological assessment. His research interests include exploratory latent variable analysis via multidimensional scaling (MDS), applications of Item Response Theory (IRT), Structural Equation Modeling (SEM), and Bayesian network in studying psychosocial adaptation of adolescents and young adults. Dr. Cody Ding has been conducting cutting-edge methodological research and providing high-level consulting services to quantitative researchers in the social and behavioral sciences, including several evaluation grants that investigate the program effectiveness on student learning.