# Which regression to use for ordinal variables?

I have 10 independent ordinal variables, each having 5 levels, all intended to measure the same latent construct, and one ordinal dependent variable named rank with 5 levels. I have read somewhere that for using regression, it is necessary to convert categorical variables with multiple levels to dummy variables, which will be very cumbersome. Is there any way I can use them as is in regression?

• Are the 10 independent ordinal variables meant to measure the same latent construct, or different ones? – Nick Stauner Apr 29 '14 at 6:18
• @NickStauner, Same – prof_jack Apr 29 '14 at 6:19