Welcome to the site of Ranking

I decided to write a non-fiction book with the title and subtitle RANKING – The reality, illusion and manipulation of objectivity.  The book discusses the Hows and Whys of our love and fear of making ranks and being ranked through many real life examples to be viewed from three different angles (reality, illusion and manipulation) of objectivity. Ranking converts scientific theories to everyday’s experience by raising and answering such question as:

  • Are college ranking lists objective?
  • How to rank and rate states based on their fragility, corruption or even happiness?
  • How to find the most relevant web pages?
  • How to rank employees?

Life and society is really complex, consequently our message is not so simple such as ”Ranking is good!” or ”Ranking is bad!”. Since we permanently rank ourselves and others and are also being ranked, the message is twofold: how to prepare the possible most objective ranking and how to accept that ranking does  not necessarily reflects our real values and achievements. The reader will understand our difficulties to navigate between objective and subjective and gets help to identify and modify her place in real and virtual communities by combining our human intelligence with computational techniques.

 

Competition with the War and Peace

My former student Brad Fl. wrote me two weeks ago a mail:
Hi Dr. Erdi,
I saw you wrote a new book “Ranking”… Congrats! I’m working on reading War and Peace right now but that’s next on my list .
Two weeks later I asked him about his progress…
“Slow but steady” and attached this pic. Any guess, when he will read Ranking?warandpeace

German Edition: it is official

The contract for the the  German translation right with Münchner Verlagsgruppe GmbH now has  signed and countersigned contract.

Well, as my Publisher wrote: “These deals don’t really make any of us rich, but they disseminate your work throughout the world through our contacts at other foreign publishers.”

Stay tuned!