Open Conference Systems, 50th Scientific meeting of the Italian Statistical Society

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Worthiness Based Social Scaling
Giulio D'Epifanio

Last modified: 2018-05-18


The construction of a set of scales is delineated, for evaluating the performanceof social agents (e.g. providers of services as hospitals, schools, etc.) conditionally on “reference states†of the governed individuals. Each scale is associated to an index which uses conditional “worthiness increases†between the levels of an ordinal outcome indicator Y. This indicator was been defined on a scheduled, by the policy-maker (PM), chain of hierarchically ordered goals. The “worthiness increases†are interpreted by modeling interrelated latent evolutionary processes, on the scheduled goal chain, up to hyper-parameters γ which are driven by conditions x.  A pseudo-Bayes method is used to norm specifications on the “reference data†of the (chosen a priori) “standard agentâ€. Finally, adhering to general requirements in rational choices from the decision theory, a standardized worthiness-based index can be implemented, which takes into input the agents actual data.


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