```Date: Thu, 2 Sep 2004 16:52:43 +0000 Reply-To: sajeel manzoor Sender: "SAS(r) Discussion" From: sajeel manzoor Subject: Re: stats question Content-Type: text/plain; format=flowed Yes it is ordinal.... How to handle such a variable in clustering ?? It depends, there are several options available, however each of the treatments revolve around the question as to what are the other variables, in addition to age, being considered and whether the dispersion i.e interval in one variable is more important than the other. In other words, you may have a variable Income which is on a continuous scale and Age on an ordinal scale then in clustering, if no variable standardization is done, then Income will turn out as the main dimension and will get more weight in clustering because of the large dispersion due to scale. So I would recommend standardizing the variables before using them in your clustering exercise.. There are several methods available for it .. I use "proc standard" I hope this helps!! Sajeel Statistical Modeler ABC >From: "DePuy, Venita" >Reply-To: "DePuy, Venita" >To: SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU >Subject: Re: stats question >Date: Thu, 2 Sep 2004 09:58:34 -0400 > > assuming if age < 20 ageband=1, else if age < 40 ageband=2, else if age < >60 ageband=3, sort of thing. > >Then ageband is ordinal. ie order matters, as opposed to nominal (1=male, >2=female, order is meaningless). > >I've done this several times and seen it done as well . . ie maybe being >older (70+ ) might have an effect on health, but the specific age doesn't >really matter. THe most recent paper that comes to mind had 4 categories >for age (all adult). > >Not sure how to answer the clustering question though. >HTH >Venita > >-----Original Message----- >From: Andrew Bolton >To: SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU >Sent: 9/2/2004 9:11 AM >Subject: ot: stats question > >Getting a whiles since I did stats at school so apologies if this is an >obvious question. > >How would I classify the data type 'age-band', i.e. it's not continous >but >seem to remeber it's not categorical (is is 'meristic'?). I'm wondering >the best way to handle age-band in clustering, and whether if would be >valid to use a single variable which is coded up as 0,1,2,3 etc for >progressivley older bands (i.e. an implied order)? > >Any help/links much appreciated. > >Cheers, > >Andy _________________________________________________________________ Protect your PC - get McAfee.com VirusScan Online http://clinic.mcafee.com/clinic/ibuy/campaign.asp?cid=3963 ```

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