## Can I treat ordinal variable as continuous?

First, ordinal variables could be treated as in the case of continuous variables, and the same estimation method would be used. Second, a factor model based on a distributional assumption for ordinal variables could be fitted (i.e., an ordinal factor model).

## Is ordinal variable discrete or continuous?

Ordinal values represent discrete and ordered units. It is therefore nearly the same as nominal data, except that it’s ordering matters.

**Can an ordinal scale be continuous?**

Categorical and dichotomous usually mean that a scale is nominal. “Continuous” variables are usually those that are ordinal or better.

### Are ordinal variables categorical or continuous?

An ordinal variable is similar to a categorical variable. The difference between the two is that there is a clear ordering of the categories. For example, suppose you have a variable, economic status, with three categories (low, medium and high).

### Can ordinal data be treated as interval data?

All Answers (11) Actually, it is not appropriate to treat ordinal data as if it were continuous interval data.

**Can you treat Likert scale as continuous?**

the simple answer is that Likert is always ordinal but generally it depends on how you want to look at the data and what is your approach and assumptions about the results. however, the scale is ordinal, the variable can be assumed or treated as continuous.

#### Is Likert scale ordinal or continuous?

ordinal

the simple answer is that Likert is always ordinal but generally it depends on how you want to look at the data and what is your approach and assumptions about the results. you can also treat it as an interval scale. however, the scale is ordinal, the variable can be assumed or treated as continuous.

#### Can ordinal data be discrete?

Variables may be classified into two main categories: categorical and numeric. Each category is then classified in two subcategories: nominal or ordinal for categorical variables, discrete or continuous for numeric variables.

**Can ordinal data be used in regression?**

Ordinal regression is a statistical technique that is used to predict behavior of ordinal level dependent variables with a set of independent variables. The dependent variable is the order response category variable and the independent variable may be categorical or continuous.

## Can ordinal variables be used in regression?

## How is ordinal data treated?

Treat ordinal variables as numeric Because the ordering of the categories often is central to the research question, many data analysts do the opposite: ignore the fact that the ordinal variable really isn’t numerical and treat the numerals that designate each category as actual numbers.

**What is ordinal treated as interval?**

Individual Likert-type questions are generally considered ordinal data, because the items have clear rank order, but don’t have an even distribution. Overall Likert scale scores are sometimes treated as interval data. These scores are considered to have directionality and even spacing between them.

### Should ordinal variables be treated as continuous in regression?

Treating ordinal variables as continuous for regression problems. In the social sciences I have encountered that it is common to treat ordinal variables as continuous, for example variables originating from rating or Likert scales (strongly disagree, disagree, agree, strongly agree).

### How are ordinal predictors treated in regression?

In nearly all cases, ordinal predictors are treated as either nominal (unordered) or continuous variables in regression models, which can lead to convoluted and possibly misleading results. Suppose X is an ordered categorical variable with K categories (levels) 1 < ⋯ < K, and suppose we want to include X as a predictor in a regression model.

**Are ordinal variables continuous or discrete?**

In the social sciences I have encountered that it is common to treat ordinal variables as continuous, for example variables originating from rating or Likert scales (strongly disagree, disagree, agree, strongly agree).

#### Should ordinal data be treated as continuous?

Liddell & Kruschke (2018) is another source which discusses problems associated with treating ordinal data as continuous. The paper illustrates a number of the problems that can occur. They advocate using ordered-probit models to deal with ordinal data.