Effects coding in discrete choice experiments

Health Econ. 2005 Oct;14(10):1079-83. doi: 10.1002/hec.984.


This paper discusses the inherent problems associated with applying dummy coding when including a fixed comparator in a discrete choice experiment, and seeks to illustrate the misinterpretations that may arise if the analyst is not aware of the problem. This note provides two examples of possible misinterpretations with dummy coding and how it is solved with the use of effects coding.

MeSH terms

  • Choice Behavior*
  • Data Interpretation, Statistical*
  • Delivery of Health Care / statistics & numerical data
  • Denmark
  • Forms and Records Control / statistics & numerical data*
  • Regression Analysis