Rankings and Precision

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2 Responses

  1. Nate Oman says:

    Kaimi: Is this meant as an argument against ordinal rankings, or simply against taking them too seriously?

  2. Scott Moss says:

    You point out a serious problem, Kaimi, but I have to say that I see no solution (other than getting rid of rankings, which I will do as soon as I am elected Supreme Overlord). The obvious solution is “groupings” or “tiers” without numbered rankings — but as a prof at the law school a US News official has said is 101, I have to say that it sucks being at the school just below the cutoff. And, of course, the cutoff gives an artificial sense of precision that overrates schools just above the cutoff while underrating those just below.