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Technical note: measurement issues in taxonomic reliability

Davies, John B. and Ross, Alastair and Wallace, B. (2004) Technical note: measurement issues in taxonomic reliability. Safety Science, 42 (8). pp. 771-778. ISSN 0925-7535

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Abstract

Work in safety management often involves classification of events using coding schemes or 'taxonomies'. Such schemes contain separate categories, and users have to reliably choose which codes apply to the events in question. The usefulness of any system is limited by the reliability with which it can be employed, that is the consensus that can be reached on application of codes. This technical note is concerned with practical and theoretical issues in defining and measuring such reliability. Three problem areas are covered: the use of correlational measures, the reporting and calculating of indices of concordance and the use of correction coefficients.

Item type: Article
ID code: 1692
Keywords: taxonomies, classification, reliability, inter-rater consensus, Psychology
Subjects: Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
Department: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > Psychology
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Psychological Science and Health > Psychology
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    Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
    Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2007
    Last modified: 12 Mar 2012 10:36
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/1692

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