[Limdep Nlogit List] Choice Model Design Software

Nadhem Mtimet nmtimet at aragon.es
Mon May 29 20:49:13 EST 2006

Dear Ron,

Yes it is true that Warren Kuhfeld has developed macros in SAS letting you
getting efficient or near-optimal experimental designs.

As you said the major problem of Warren's method is that it needs few SAS
modules which are very expensive for many persons and institutions to
afford. In that case you will need to buy, SAS Base + SAS STAT+ SAS IML +
SAS QC modules.

Another possibility (very cheap and easy to implement) is to use the method
developed by Street, Burgess and Louviere:

Street, D., Burgess, L., & Louviere, J. (2005). Quick and easy choice sets:
constructing optimal and nearly optimal stated choice experiments.
International Journal of Research in Marketing, 22, 459-470.

This paper is very interesting and let you know how to construct an optimal
or near optimal choice design. You should choose the appropriate orthogonal
plan. This plan will be your first alternative in the choice set. To get the
remaining alternatives you have to "choose some systematic set of levels
changing change to get from the profiles in the first option in the choice
set to the profiles in the second option in the choice set" and so on.... .

I also recommend you to read the paper of Huber and Zwerina (1996), because
it introduces you the theme of choice efficiency and orthogonality:

Huber, J., & Zwerina, K. (1996). The importance of utility balance in
efficient choice designs. Journal of Marketing Research, 33, 307-317.

To get orthogonal plans you can use the SPSS with orthoplan (data /
orthogonal design / generate) or you can use tables of orthogonal arrays
form web pages like Sloane's web page:

Or  Warren Kuhfeld's orthogonal array web page:

I hope that this information could help you to construct your choice

If you have any problem, please fill free to ask me.

Best regards.

Nadhem Mtimet

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Dear Limdep and Nlogit List Members,

What software is available for the production of experimental
experimental designs for choice tasks?

I am aware of Kuhfeld's %ChoicEff and associated macros in SAS, however,
they require several SAS Suites which attract rather high annual rental

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