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Cohen's kappa



20 Jun 2007 (Updated )

Compute the Cohen's kappa

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Cohen's kappa coefficient is a statistical measure of inter-rater reliability. It is generally thought to be a more robust measure than simple percent agreement calculation since Kappa takes into account the agreement occurring by chance.
Kappa provides a measure of the degree to which two judges, A and B, concur in their respective sortings of N items into k mutually exclusive categories. A 'judge' in this context can be an individual human being, a set of individuals who sort the N items collectively, or some non-human agency, such as a computer program or diagnostic test, that performs a sorting on the basis of specified criteria. The original and simplest version of kappa is the unweighted kappa coefficient introduced by J. Cohen in 1960. When the categories are merely nominal, Cohen's simple unweighted coefficient is the only form of kappa that can meaningfully be used. If the categories are ordinal and if it is the case that category 2 represents more of something than category 1, that category 3 represents more of that same something than category 2, and so on, then it is potentially meaningful to take this into account, weighting each cell of the matrix in accordance with how near it is to the cell in that row that includes the absolutely concordant items. This function can compute a linear weights or a quadratic weights

The output of this function is:
- Observed agreement percentage
- Random agreement percentage
- Agreement percentage due to true concordance
- Residual not random agreement percentage
- Cohen's kappa
- kappa error
- kappa confidence interval
- Maximum possible kappa
- k observed as proportion of maximum possible
- k benchmarks by Landis and Koch
- z test results

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This file inspired Cohen's Kappa (With Customizable Weightings).

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28 Nov 2008 tzur Karelitz

I think there is an error in the quadratic loop. small caps j needs to be J.

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04 Jul 2007 Stefano Cavazza  
25 Sep 2007

Weighted k calculation added

03 Apr 2008

Introduction of asyntotic calculation of variance for large population. Some comment added.

12 Jun 2008

NORMINV was replaced by ERFCINV so Statistics Toolbox is no more needed

12 Nov 2008 1.1

Changes in help section

09 Dec 2008 1.2

correction after tzur Karelitz observation

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