Quantitative refinements for comparisons of institutional performance

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In the context of the data and issues discussed by Goldstein and Spiegelhalter, we suggest refinements which can be used by decision makers when confronted with ranking problems associated with ‘league tables’. Two ranking criteria are defined and their performance illustrated for one of the studies reported by Goldstein and Spiegelhalter.

Keywords: Bayesian hierarchical modelling; League tables; Multiple comparisons; Poisson rates; Posterior and predictive probabilities; Ranking

Document Type: Original Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-985X.00087

Affiliations: 1: University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2: Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London, UK

Publication date: January 1, 1998

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