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.

 

Ranking generations

Let me start with us:

  1.  Baby Boomers, are the generation that were born  from 1946 to 1964.
  2.  Gen X birth year is in the interval 1965-1980.
  3.  Millenials (also identified as Gen Y) were born in the interval 1981-1996.
  4.  Gen Z people are from the years of  mid- to late-1990s,

We Boomers should understand the angriness of Gen Z reflected by by the song OK Boomer.

Did we destroy the future of the next generation? Maybe yes. But, we Baby Boomers were always open for dialog, and I cannot offer anything better just to initiate cross-generation discussions.

As I am preparing to my Intro to Complex Systems Class for the coming winter, I think we should start this discussion.  I am really curious whether or not I will be able to involve  Gen Z students to this dialog.   I am just reading and thinking, these  activities define us Baby Boomer intellectuals.

OK, Boomer: This Is How To Respond To Gen Z’s New Meme

and a possible answer for the attack:

OK zoomer, is that really the best you’ve got?

Our year was 1968, characterized by the assassination of Martin Luther King and of Robert Kennedy, protests and strikes in France, Prague Spring and by the White Album of the Beatles,

Oh, Nobel in literature and in peace …

As the Reader remembers,  due to a scandal the Nobel laureates in literature for both 2018 and 2019 will be announced together this week. We all know now how difficult to navigate between subjectivity and objectivity.

Here is a list, led by the Canadian poet, Anne Carson.

This year sensation is the peace award. According  to the odds offered by LadbrokesGreta Thunberg has 4/6, see here. since the numerator should be larger than the denominator. There are two questions: (1) Does it mean than six of four people suggests her?? More importantly, how this prize would influence her life?

Dear Reader, any comment would highly be appreciated.