Parceling (also spelled "parcelling") is the act of dividing or separating something into smaller parts or parcels. The term can be used in various contexts, including real estate, shipping, and data analysis.
In real estate, parceling refers to the division of a larger piece of land into smaller plots that can be sold or developed separately. In shipping, parceling refers to the division of a large shipment into smaller, more manageable packages.
In data analysis, parceling (also known as parcel-based structural equation modeling) involves dividing a set of observed variables into smaller subsets, or parcels, and then analyzing those subsets separately. This can help to reduce measurement error and improve the reliability of the analysis.