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Topic: [ap-stat] Today's Birthday [August 5th]
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David Bee

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[ap-stat] Today's Birthday [August 5th]
Posted: Aug 5, 2012 12:39 AM
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Rensis Likert, 5 August 1903 - 3 September 1981

Rensis Likert was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming. His PhD in 1932 dealt
with the measurement of attitudes, from which the well-known ordinal
scales bearing his name, the Likert scale(s), come. (As this is a
Presidential-election year, use of such scales should be prevalent
in public-opinion polling, such as a 1-2-3-4-5 one for strongly
agree-agree-neutral-disagree-strongly disagree.)

Dr. Likert was the President of the American Statistical Assoc. in
1959. Along with Leslie Kish (See "Today's Birthday [July 27th]")
and others, he helped found the Institute for Social Research at
the University of Michigan. (Dr. Kish had written an obituary on
Likert, "In Memoriam: Rensis Likert, 1903-1981", which appeared in
The American Statistician in 1982 (Vol. 36, No. 2, P124-125) and
was reprinted in the September 2010 issue of the Amstat News.)

For some more on Likert, goto:

-- David Bee

PS: Re the London Olympics Medals thus far, we find the following
(Gold-Silver-Bronze---Total): USA 26-13-15---54
China 25-16-12---53
But, using a Likert-like scale, we have the following:
USA 78-26-15--119
China 75-32-12--119
And of course the "tie-breaker" would be Gold, and so the U.S.
still leads...

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