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Kinsey Scale

an index of an individual’s relative position on a 7-point continuum of sexual orientation, ranging from 0 (exclusively heterosexual, with no same-sex interest) to 6 (exclusively homosexual, with no heterosexual interest). Points 1 through 5 represent gradations of predominant versus incidental heterosexual–homosexual behaviors and thoughts. Known formally as the HeterosexualHomosexual Rating Scale, it is also sometimes called the Kinsey (Six) Scale, a misnomer given that 0 is one of the scale’s 7 points. See also sexual orientation grid. [developed in 1948 by Alfred Kinsey and colleagues]

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upper hinge

upper hinge

the point in a distribution of values above which lie one fourth of the data and below which lie the other three fourths of the data. It is equivalent to the third quartile. Compare lower hinge.