Scale for the Measurement of Quality in English Composition by Young People: The Quality of Judges
by Milo B. Hillegas - 1912
The question of what individual or group of individuals represents the best judges of English composition is a difficult one to answer. The data at hand do not show any marked differences between the various sets of judges so far as uniformity of judgment is concerned or faithfulness to the proper order of the samples. In order that some definite conclusion might be reached concerning the reliability of judges, the following scale of penalties for placing samples in the wrong order was developed. Where the differences between samples are very great the penalty for misplacing has been made correspondingly large. Thus the difference between samples 627 and 534 is 129. If the judge considers sample 534 better than sample 627, he is guilty of a much greater error than he would be in placing sample 571 before sample 220, where the difference is only 15. In the latter case the penalty was arbitrarily fixed at I while in the former it was placed at 6.
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