Sensitivity and robustness in MDS configurations for mixed-type data: a study of the economic crisis impact on socially vulnerable Spanish people


Multidimensional scaling (MDS) techniques are initially proposed to produce pictorial representations of distance, dissimilarity or proximity data. Sensitivity and robustness assessment of multivariate methods is essential if inferences are to be drawn from the analysis. To our knowledge, the literature related to MDS for mixed-type data, including variables measured at continuous level besides categorical ones, is quite scarce. The main motivation of this work was to analyze the stability and robustness of MDS configurations as an extension of a previous study on a real data set, coming from a panel-type analysis designed to assess the economic crisis impact on Spanish people who were in situations of high risk of being socially excluded. The main contributions of the paper on the treatment of MDS configurations for mixed-type data are: (i) to propose a joint metric based on distance matrices computed for continuous, multi-scale categorical and/or binary variables, (ii) to introduce a systematic analysis on the sensitivity of MDS configurations and (iii) to present a systematic search for robustness and identification of outliers through a new procedure based on geometric variability notions

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