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Semantic differential

A semantic differential is a question with two opposites terms at both ends of a line.


In a survey several types of questions can be used. One of these is a semantic differential. The respondent has to give an answer on a scale white to opposite terms. Most often dots are used to collect the answer because it is more or less difficult to give or measure the answer on a continuous line.

An example makes it easier to understand what is meant:


An example of the semantic differential

With a sequence of this type of questions much more information can be gathered in the same time. The most difficult aspect for the editor of a semantic differential is to find terms that are really the opposite.


Related topics to semantic differential:

  • Survey 
  • Interview 
  • Open contra closed questions 
  • Multiple choice question 
  • Multiple response question 
  • Likert scale
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