One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1"method of paired comparisons"noun (also method of paired comparison) a method of statistically comparing a pair or set of pairs of objects, in which a subject expresses (voluntarily or involuntarily) a preference for one member of each pair over the other, used especially in cases where a quantitative comparison is more difficult, not possible, or not relevant.
2Attributive (usually with hyphens) designating or relating to this method (also in plural).
Early 20th century; earliest use found in Mind.
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