Monday, April 6, 2015

Vector values again

In discussing the judging of student papers at the Kansas academy of science conference it was again obvious to me that quality can not be reduced down to a single scalar value.  Scientific papers must be judged in a 3 or 4 dimensional space.  One dimension involves the quality of the data taken or the experiment performed.  A second scale involves the quality of the analysis or theoretical work done.
A third dimension would measure how creative or original the work is.  A possible fourth scale might measure the amount or volume of work done.  If a given paper is best in all of these measures it can be ranked as best overall.  But otherwise there is no "best."

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