Tag Archives: ordinality

On the Theory of Scales of Measurement

Abstract …Paraphrasing N.R. Campbell…we may say that measurement, in the broadest sense, is defined as the assignment of numerals to objects or events according to rules. The fact that numerals can be assigned under different rules leads to different kinds of scales and different kinds of measurement. Comments An early social scientific theory of measurement [...]

The eruption of tradition? On ordinality and calculation

Abstract Numerical ordinal rankings (or ratings) are proliferating in the current social and economic world. Many are used to derive and justify relative monetary valuation, by modes of equation and calculation. The article shows how these composite manipulations of order and value tend to produce a parabolic curve: very few at very high value at the top, descending in [...]