23 Jan '13, 8am

Game theory in peer evaluations. An entree into two useful tools

Game theory in peer evaluations. An entree into two useful tools

Game theory provides a framework on which to develop options for policies- it gives broad right and left limits for success and in this case, failure. The greatest problem with ‘peer evaluations’ revealed here is the internal, value maximizing impulse in human nature. Unfortunately, officers have no internal motivation to do so if they follow the rules of rationality. Any activity introduced to mitigate this bias only further unbalances the system. Still, the Army has the problem of determining which officers are actually doing the best work. If the officer’s cooperate fully, they would only rate each other with generic recommendations, throwing the issue back on the commander. Additional rules can be instituted, taking the form of side payments and meant to influence the officers to either inflate or deflate their recommendations according to some pre-determined system. W...

Full article: http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/game-theory-in-peer-...

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