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August 01, 2007


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It is not easy to trust but in measuring trust it takes time and giving chance.

Laurent Nicolas

Yes, it could work, but votes are too easy to buy (at least on the Internet).
I've written a series of articles about the limits of the different reputation systems:

Ernest Sams

I believe trust can be measured simply by measuring the likiness of your expectations being met or have been met with regards to a particular view on person, subject or thing.

Let me hear your view on this.

Bill Paarlberg

Thanks for suggesting an interesting measure of trust, Ernest. And it seems like it would be easily quantifiable: Trust could be expressed as the probability that an expectation is met. In other words, on a scale of 0 to 1, (with 0 being never and 1 being always) how likely is it that X Company or Y Politician will deliver on a promise?

But then how would one actually measure this? Wouldn't you have to have a lot of specific history or experience of a company or politician upon which to base the measurement? Consider the example of a charismatic but relatively inexperienced politician who is running for office. Who seems like a trustworthy person, but who doesn't have a long record of election promises to use in a measurement. How do we measure trust without a previous track record of exactly the situation we are interested in?

Has anyone ever measured trust in this fashion? Any studies out there?


Check out Trust-index (http://www.trust-index.com). It is a way to measure how trusted an item is. Items can be of very different nature (service providers, brands, persons, etc). The mechanism is pretty simple, users can vote each item from 1 (minumum trust) to 5 (maximum trust). An average (the Trust-index) is calculated from all the votes issued. The higher it gets, the higher trust that item is generating on voters.

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