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Topic: Measuring Inter-Rater Agreement
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Bruce Weaver

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Re: Measuring Inter-Rater Agreement
Posted: Jun 6, 2013 9:21 AM
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On 06/06/2013 3:15 AM, Ray Koopman wrote:
> Consider two raters assigning the same objects to a set of nominal
> categories. How should an ideal measure of agreement change when the
> data changes? For instance, if one rater assigns an object to category
> A, and the other rater assigns that object to category B but then
> changes his mind and puts it in A, it's clear that a proper agreement
> measure ought to increase with that change. But what if both raters
> change their minds and put the object in category C? How should an
> ideal measure respond to that change? Should it ever decrease?

Here's an illustration of what Ray has described (view with fixed font).

R2-A R2-B R2-C
R1-A aa ab ac
R2-B ba bb bc
R3-C ca cb cc

In a second table (after the change), one observation switches from cell
ab to cell cc. (More generally, one observation switches from an
off-diagonal cell to a cell on the main diagonal.)

Intuition (or my intuition, at least) suggests that the measure of
agreement should increase, because the total number of agreements has

So why do I have the feeling we're being set up? ;-)

Bruce Weaver
"When all else fails, RTFM."

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