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Performance Evaluation: Subjectivity, Bias and Judgment Style in Sport

António Osório ()

Group Decision and Negotiation, 2020, vol. 29, issue 4, No 5, 655-678

Abstract: Abstract The number of situations that require individual judgments and evaluations, and that may be object of different sources of conscious and unconscious biases is endless. This paper proposes a practical score aggregation procedure that attempts to reduce and mitigate the influence of bias in subjective judgments. The argument is based on the idea that bias is associated with deviations from the panel mean and/or deviations from the judges’ grading style. Consequently, the procedure is not specific to a particular type of bias, but rather addresses general forms of bias. We also discuss a set of desirable properties. The proposed score aggregation procedure is then applied to a unique data set from the 2000 Summer Olympic Games diving competition.

Keywords: Scores aggregation; Subjective judgments; Biased judgments; Bias correction; Sports data; D71; D72; D91 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1007/s10726-020-09672-4

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