An evaluation of the limitations of, and alternatives to, the Co-Plot methodology

Mar Molinero, Cecilio and Mingers, John (2007) An evaluation of the limitations of, and alternatives to, the Co-Plot methodology. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 58 (7). pp. 874-886. ISSN 0160-5682. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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The Co-Plot technique has become stereotyped in the form of a series of steps that are automatically followed with little regard for the characteristics of the data and the type of analysis it supports. While there are obvious extensions to this type of analysis, the methodology has remained unchanged over many years. Here we argue that the application of the Co-Plot to binary, nominal data, as is done in published papers, is inappropriate. We frame the Co-Plot in the general literature of multivariate analysis in order to show that it is a simplification of standard multivariate methods. We use a recently published example on mapping MBA programmes to show how a similar, although more statistically appropriate, analysis based on multidimensional scaling methods produces very different results.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: education; mapping; multidimensional scaling; MBA programmes; nominal variables; Co-Plot
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Depositing User: Stephen Holland
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2007 18:56
Last Modified: 30 May 2014 10:05
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