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How to rank rankings? Group performance in multiple-prize contests

Alejandro Corvalan ()

Social Choice and Welfare, 2018, vol. 51, issue 2, 361-380

Abstract: Abstract When groups of individuals compete in several multiple-prize contests, the performance of a group is a vector of ordered categories. As the prizes are aimed at ranking the participants, group performances are not trivially comparable. This note provides a theoretical discussion on how to rank group performances. In order to do so, I draw from the parallel that this problem has with the formally similar problem of measuring inequality. I describe three alternatives that generate partial orders for group performances. I define partial orders based on the first- and second-order dominance, two classes of performance measures, and two sets of basic transformations, and I prove equivalence theorems between them. I apply these theoretical results to discuss several sports ranking problems.

Date: 2018
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DOI: 10.1007/s00355-018-1120-x

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