Multidimensional Scaling: History, Theory, and Applications

Multidimensional Scaling: History, Theory, and Applications

Multidimensional Scaling: History, Theory, and Applications

Multidimensional Scaling: History, Theory, and Applications

Synopsis

This outstanding presentation of the fundamentals of multidimensional scaling illustrates the applicability of MDS to a wide variety of disciplines. The first two sections provide ground work in the history and theory of MDS. The final section applies MDS techniques to such diverse fields as physics, marketing, and political science.

Excerpt

This book has had a long and difficult gestation. At conception it was a book called Theory and Methods of Multidimensional Scaling. Under that framework, I wrote the material that now forms the bulk of Chapters I through 5 in 1975 and 1976. However. I never wrote the planned chapter on weighted models, and the Methods section never materialized. The manuscript then lay neglected, except that I used it in my graduate MDS classes, for about 5 years.

Then, in 1982, my students convinced me that what I had written should be published. They also suggested the current structure of the book: a book that consists of updated versions of the chapters that I had already written, plus the unwritten chapter on weighted models, followed by invited chapters displaying the current state of the art in applying MDS to substantive problems. They also suggested that I team up with someone to edit the contributed chapters and to prod me to complete my part. (Then they suggested that I invite some of them to contribute chapters, which I did!)

I am glad to say that my students had a very good suggestion, and that Bob Hamer has been excellent at getting the whole thing "out the door." The result is this book, a result that for many years I thought would never occur.

Of course, over 10 years, there are many people that I am indebted to. During the early stages of the development of this book, Jan de Leeuw and Yoshio Takane were indispensable. They provided an atmosphere of excitement and innovation that helped us all be productive and creative. Without their letters and conversations, this book would never have been started, let alone completed.

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