Handicapping "judges": some theory and practice

Handicapping "judges": some theory and practice There are many situations that exist in science and technology where the performance of a set of subjects that are in competition with one another is evaluated in some way by a set of evaluators who act as judges. This paper presents a methodology by which these judges themselves can be evaluated in a manner that describes the relative standards they use in the evaluation process, their consistency, and how well they compare to a hypothetical ideal judge. The methodology is computationally simple, can be justified in a theoretical manner, and is easy to apply across a wide range of problem types. It can also be used in a predictive manner to indicate how absent judges would have most likely evaluated subjects if they were able to make such an evaluation. A number of empirical examples which fully describe the methodology are discussed in this paper along with the results of applying it to a sizeable real-world problem. The methodology is applicable to a number of areas of physical and social sciences and can be extended, as presented in this manuscript, in a manner which can be applied to other diverse problems in mathematical sociology, computer engineering, and graph theory. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Quality & Quantity Springer Journals

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Publisher
Kluwer Academic Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 1997 by Kluwer Academic Publishers
Subject
Social Sciences; Methodology of the Social Sciences; Social Sciences, general
ISSN
0033-5177
eISSN
1573-7845
D.O.I.
10.1023/A:1004240413738
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