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.
Quality & Quantity – Springer Journals
Published: Sep 30, 2004
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