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ordinal scale

noun
  1. statistics a scale on which data is shown simply in order of magnitude since there is no standard of measurement of differences: for instance, a squash ladder is an ordinal scale since one can say only that one person is better than another, but not by how muchCompare interval scale, ratio scale, nominal scale
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