Golf and Gameforge & Are Rankings Just?

Lu, Jerry, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia
Elliott, Travis, EN-Engineering and Society, University of Virginia
Scherer, William, EN-Eng Sys and Environment, University of Virginia

Rankings exist everywhere in our lives. The nature of rankings allows for a reduction of detailed measures to a sequence of ranks, enabling the commonwealth to evaluate complex information quickly. My technical research attempts to create a ranking system for golf that compares junior athletes to one another, and a recommender system that ranks and suggests potential recruits to college coaches and recommends colleges of best fit to junior players. However, there are arguments against rankings. Critics base their claims with arguments from Deontological Ethics, Aristotelian Ethics, and Libertarianism. My STS research paper discusses rankings in the context of the three basic principles of philosophy: maximizing welfare, respecting freedom, and promoting virtue. I attempt to discuss arguments for and against rankings through these three themes.

BS (Bachelor of Science)
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