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A question which does not admit of a limited number of definite answers, as for example, “What do you think of the present Government?”; as opposed to a closed question such as “Are you in favour of the present Government?”, the replies to which can be classified as “Yes”, “No”, “Don’t know”.

The distinction is important and useful in practice, although it may be criticised from certain logical and psychological standpoints.

Source Publication:
A Dictionary of Statistical Terms, 5th edition, prepared for the International Statistical Institute by F.H.C. Marriott. Published for the International Statistical Institute by Longman Scientific and Technical.

Statistical Theme: Methodological information (metadata)

Created on Thursday, May 23, 2002

Last updated on Monday, March 10, 2003