# Analysing partially ordered responses

I'd like to analyse judges' decisions on bail. Ie some decisions (remand in prison) and clearly worse than others (unconditional bail). But in the middle there are a range of possible responses that are not necessarily better or worse (eg, pay deposit v report to the police on a regular basis v a curfew).

The decisions will include a collection of these options (eg an accused must pay deposit AND report to the police).

I'd like to look for patterns, ie if one judge consistently makes one collection of orders rather than another.

EDIT: I'm thinking of treating them as ordinal as follows. Eg, say the options are:

• Remand in prison
• Release on conditional bail, conditions to include a. deposit, b. curfew, c. reporting.
• Release on unconditional bail

Then I could order them as follows:

1. Remand in prison
2. Release with 3 conditions
3. Release with 2 conditions
4. Release with 1 condition
5. Unconditional release

EDIT2: Another option might be to adapt Will C's approach below and treat them as nominal. Prison and unconditional bail could have their own code. Then the combinations of the conditional bail orders could be coded. Ie:

1. Remand in prison
2. Deposit
3. Reporting
4. Curfew
5. Deposit + Reporting
6. Deposit + Curfew
7. etc
8. Deposit + Reporting + Curfew
9. Unconditional release

The downside of this is that you would lose the ordering of some decisions being 'better' than others.

• Thanks @Wiil C! I guess there are two related issues: 1. There are some ordered dependent variables, ie prison < other orders < unconditional bail, but of the other orders, there is no clear order, and they can arise in combination. Which leads to issue 2. A judge could order combinations of other orders such as post deposit PLUS report to the police PLUS a curfew. – Poul Jan 15 '19 at 21:19
• I'm interested in order effects. Ie, if a judge makes a certain decision, is he more likely to make a similar decision in the next case? – Poul Jan 15 '19 at 21:24
• I'm wondering if the dependent variable forms a partially ordered set, or poset? – Poul Jan 15 '19 at 21:31