In this "position paper" we discuss the potential role of partial order theory in socio-economic statistics and social indicators construction. We maintain that the use of concepts and tools from poset theory is needed and urgent to improve currently adopted methodologies, which often prove ineffective for exploiting ordinal data. We also point out that the difficulties in spreading partial order tools are cultural in nature, and that some open-mindedness is needed among social scientists. We address these issues introducing some examples of open questions in socio-economic data analysis: (i) the problem of multidimensional poverty evaluation, (ii) the problem of assessing inequality and societal polarization, and (iii) the problem of clustering in multidimensional ordinal datasets.

Fattore, M., Maggino, F. (2014). Partial orders in socio-economics: A practical challenge for poset theorists or a cultural challenge for social scientists?. In R. Bruggemann, L. Carlsen, J. Wittmann (a cura di), Multi-indicator Systems and Modelling in Partial Order (pp. 197-214). Springer New York [10.1007/978-1-4614-8223-9_9].

Partial orders in socio-economics: A practical challenge for poset theorists or a cultural challenge for social scientists?

FATTORE, MARCO
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2014

Abstract

In this "position paper" we discuss the potential role of partial order theory in socio-economic statistics and social indicators construction. We maintain that the use of concepts and tools from poset theory is needed and urgent to improve currently adopted methodologies, which often prove ineffective for exploiting ordinal data. We also point out that the difficulties in spreading partial order tools are cultural in nature, and that some open-mindedness is needed among social scientists. We address these issues introducing some examples of open questions in socio-economic data analysis: (i) the problem of multidimensional poverty evaluation, (ii) the problem of assessing inequality and societal polarization, and (iii) the problem of clustering in multidimensional ordinal datasets.
Capitolo o saggio
Partial order; Socio-economici statistics; Social indicators
English
Multi-indicator Systems and Modelling in Partial Order
9781461482222
Fattore, M., Maggino, F. (2014). Partial orders in socio-economics: A practical challenge for poset theorists or a cultural challenge for social scientists?. In R. Bruggemann, L. Carlsen, J. Wittmann (a cura di), Multi-indicator Systems and Modelling in Partial Order (pp. 197-214). Springer New York [10.1007/978-1-4614-8223-9_9].
Fattore, M; Maggino, F
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