Part Worths - Conjoint Analysis

Part-Worths means level utilities for conjoint attributes. When multiple attributes come together to describe the total worth of the product concept, the utility values for the separate parts of the product (assigned to the multiple attributes) are part-worths.

How is the Part-Worths calculated ?

We use the following algorithm to calculate CBC Conjoint Part-Worths:


    Let there be R respondents, with individuals r = 1 ... R

    Let each respondent see T tasks, with t = 1 ... T

    Let each task t have C configurations (or concepts), with c = 1 ... C (C in our case is usually 3 or 4)

    If we have A attributes, a = 1 to A, with each attribute having La levels, l = 1 to La, then the part-worth for a

    particular attribute/level is w’(a,l). It is this (jagged array) of part worths we are solving for in this exercise. We can

    simplify this to a one-dimensional array w(s), where the elements are:

         {w’(1,1), w’(1,2) ... w’(1,L1), w’(2,1) ... w’(A,LA)} with w having S elements.

    A specific configuration x can be represented as a one-dimensional array x(s), where x(s)=1 if the specific

    level/attribute is present, and 0 otherwise.

    Let Xrtc represent the specific configuration of the cth configuration in the tth task for the rth respondent. Thus the

    experiment design is represented by the four dimensional matrix X with size RxTxCxS

    If respondent r chooses configuration c in task t then let Yrtc=1; otherwise 0.


    The Utility Ux of a specific configuration is the sum of the part-worths for those attribute/levels present in the configuration, i.e. it is the scalar product x.w


    For a simple choice between two configurations, with utilities U1 and U2, the MNL model predicts that configuration 1 will be chosen

         EXP(U1)/(EXP(U1) + EXP(U2)) of the time (a number between 0 and 1).

    For a choice between N configurations, configuration 1 will be chosen

         EXP(U1)/(EXP(U1) + EXP(U2) + ... + EXP(UN)) of the time.


    Let the choice probability (using MNL model) of choosing the cth configuration in the tth task for the rth respondent be:

         Prtc=EXP(xrtc.w)/SUM(EXP(xrt1.w), EXP(xrt2.w), ... , EXP(xrtC.w))


    The Log-Likelihood measure LL is calculated as:

    Prtc is a function of the part-worth vector w, which is the set of part-worths we are solving for.


    We solve for the part-worth vector by finding the vector w that gives the maximum value for LL. Note that we are solving for S variables.

    This is a multi-dimensional non-linear continuous maximization problem, and requires a standard solver library. We use the Nelder-Mead Simplex Algorithm.

    The Log-Likelihood function should be implemented as a function LL(w, Y, X), and then optimized to find the vector w that gives us a maximum. The responses Y, and the design X are given, and constant for a specific optimization. Initial values for w can be set to the origin 0.

    The final part-worths w are re-scaled so that the part-worths for any attribute have a mean of zero, simply by subtracting the mean of the part-worths for all levels of each attribute.


This feature is available with the following license:


Was this article helpful?
Sorry about that
How can we improve it?