Types of Measures


There are several types of measures available to us. They include Ratio, Ordinal, Interval and Nominal. These types of measures can be used to measure a variety of things. Among the most important of these are the Ratio and the Ordinal. However, there are several other variables that are also considered when analyzing data.

Interval variables

Interval variables are numerical variables that can be used in statistical analysis. They are useful in calculating commonly used statistics such as standard deviation, probability, and Pearson correlation coefficient. Unlike nominal data, interval variables have numerical values that are precise and consistent. A difference between two values on the interval scale represents an equal and meaningful difference between them.

The scales available to researchers differ. Some scales are easier to work with, while others are more detailed. Each type of measurement provides different types of information.

There are four levels of measure, including nominal, ordinal, interval, and ratio. Although data types are not mutually exclusive, they are typically classified in one of the above-mentioned categories.

In the following, we will discuss the differences between the three data types. Specifically, we will look at the properties of the interval and the ratio.

Ratio variables

Ratio variables are similar to interval scales but they do have their own specific characteristics. Ratio scales have a meaningful zero point, which allows for mathematical operations. They also allow for dividing and multiplication of values.

Ratio variables are useful because they are both quantitative and categorical. A ratio of two measurements represents a meaningful interpretation of the data. The difference between the values is a measure of central tendency. This measure can be used to calculate the standard deviation, meaning the extent of variation in a set of values.

Some of the most common examples of ratio variables are length, mass, dose amount, reaction rate, flow rate, and temperature in Kelvin. These types of measures are used in many fields, including engineering, physical sciences, and social science.

Nominal variables

The most basic type of measurement scale is the nominal variable. A nominal value is a numerical or qualitative value that does not have an intrinsic ordering.

Nominal variables are often used in survey data collection. They can be ordered by a number of categories, but they do not have the same spacing between values.

For example, a gender variable may have two categories: male and female. Each of these has a different set of characteristics. One category is easy to work with and another is harder.

The most common way to represent nominal data is with charts. Pie charts and bar charts are two typical methods. These show the relative frequencies of each group and their total count.

Nominal variables can also be categorized into matched and unmatched categories. Matches are those that pair up similar attributes. An example of a matched category is educational experience.

Ordinal variables

An ordinal variable is a type of categorical variable that has categories. There are two types of ordinal variables, matched and unmatched. Both types have an inherent ordering. However, one may be easier to work with than another.

The order of the categories is important when displaying data. This can be done by creating a bar chart or pie chart. As well, a pivot table can be used to display the distribution of the values.

The most frequently appearing value in an ordinal scale is the mode. Mode represents the highest value. In many cases, the mode will be the same as the minimum value, but in some cases, it will be different.

There are four levels of measure. These are nominal, ordinal, interval, and supercategories. The level of measurement is a factor in the choice of analysis and the type of statistical test to use.


When it comes to reducing uncertainty, there are a lot of choices. The decision makers that are best versed in this field are often those who are aware of the complexities of climate change risk. However, this does not necessarily mean they are better equipped to deal with it.

There are a few key questions to consider. First, how do we know if there is a need for a reduction in uncertainty? Second, what is the cost of doing so? Third, can we use uncertainty to improve the efficiency of our decision making? In this study, we examine these issues.

Uncertainty is defined as the uncertainty pertaining to the nature of the hazard, the exposure to it and the risk associated with it. It is one of the main sources of risk in tunnel engineering.