ordinal number

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ordinal number

1. a number denoting relative position in a sequence, such as first, second, third
2. Logic Maths a measure of not only the size of a set but also the order of its elements

ordinal number

[′ȯrd·nəl ′nəm·bər]
(mathematics)
A generalized number which expresses the size of a set, in the sense of “how many” elements.

ordinal number

The number that identifies the sequence of an item, for example, record #34. Contrast with cardinal number.
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Income, education, and employment were assessed ordinally with ascending values: 1 to 7 for income the year preceding the index event (less than $15,000, $15,000-$19,999, $20,000-$24,999, $25,000-$34,999, $35,000-$49,999, $50,000-$69,999, $70,000 and over); 1 to 7 for education (eighth grade or less, some high school completion, high school graduate/GED, post-high school vocational training other than college, some college, college graduate, and advanced or graduate degree), and 0 to 2 for employment/ occupation at the time of the index event (was not employed outside the home; was employed part-time or was a student; and was employed outside the home full-time).
To illustrate, usually jurisdictions number their multiple-fatality incidents ordinally by date.
With respect to poverty and inequality, the picture is likewise uncertain as to cardinal measures, but fairly clear ordinally.
It is, perhaps, a natural human tendency to attempt to ordinally rank things we encounter.
rank the seriousness of various crimes ordinally, that is, relative to
Even more precisely, our proof does not even require that U10 and U20 be ordinally ranked sets--merely distinct sets.
Even if the items to be compared cannot appropriately be quantitatively measured by a metric using cardinal numbers, and thus lack metrical commensurability, they might properly be ranked ordinally, in priority order, and thus have what we will call "ordinal commensurability".
This tool allows us, in a relatively simple and straightforward way, to ordinally sequence states and variables, to infer the hierarchical connections to be found between and among states and variables, and to represent the "multidimensional or hierarchical change," "developmental," or "difficulty" distance between identified pairs of states or variables.
u]tility is measurable, ordinally or cardinally, only to the individual decision-maker.
The ordered logit model is specifically designed to handle discrete dependent variables, such as CAMEL ratings, whose values are ordinally related (that is, 1 implies "strongest performance," while 5 implies "weakest performance").
In other words, "not only are alternatives ranked ordinally on every man's value scale, but they are ranked without ties; i.
The perspectives were ranked ordinally from one to four, from the position nearest the batter (Inside-Far) to the one farthest from the batter (Outside-Far) (i.