851-0586-02L  The Spectacles of Measurement

SemesterFrühjahrssemester 2021
DozierendeU. Brandes
Periodizitätjährlich wiederkehrende Veranstaltung

KurzbeschreibungIf you can't measure it, you can't manage it. Explorations into mathematical foundations and societal implications of measuring humans, processes, and things in an increasingly datafied world.
LernzielStudents have a basic understanding of what makes a property quantifiable. They know the difference between operational and representational measurement, and the consequences this has for both, the collection of data and its use in decision making and control. With a critical attitude toward datafication, contextual differences are appreciated across domains such as science and engineering, business and entertainment, health and sports, governance and policy making.
InhaltMeasurement Theory
- representations
- scales and meaningfulness
- direct vs. indirect
- conjoint measurement

Measurement Practice
- units and standards
- sensors and instruments
- items and questionnaires
- indices and datafication

Measurement Politics
- administration and coordination
- discrimination and behavior
- smart living
SkriptSlides made available in a course moodle.
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesStudents pair up in teams to write an essay on a measurement problem they care about (such as one pertinent to their discipline or research). The essay is pitched to the others in the course during a poster session at the end of the semester (may have to be replaced with an online session in FS21).