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Complexity in Society: From Indicators Construction to their Synthesis

  • Filomena Maggino

Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 70)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Conceptual Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Alberto Peruzzi
      Pages 3-50
  3. Methodological Issues

  4. Technical Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-157
    2. Matteo Mazziotta, Adriano Pareto
      Pages 159-191
    3. Michela Gnaldi, Simone Del Sarto, Filomena Maggino
      Pages 213-227
  5. Particular Experiences

About this book


This volume discusses the many recent significant developments, and identifies important problems, in the field of social indicators. In the last ten years the methodology of multivariate analysis and synthetic indicators construction significantly developed. In particular, starting from the classical theory of composite indicators many interesting approaches have been developed to overcome the weaknesses of composites. This volume focuses on these recent developments in synthesizing indicators, and more generally, in quantifying complex phenomena.


Developing indicators and managing the complexity From Indicators to their Synthesis Knowledge needs in a complex and dynamic world Scalability of Composite Indices communication of synthetic indicators in socio-economics the composite indicators approach

Editors and affiliations

  • Filomena Maggino
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Scienze StatisticheSapienza Università di RomaRomaItaly

About the editors

Professor of Social Statistics and Multivariate Statistical Analysis at the University of Florence. Coordinator of the International II level master “QoLexityMeasuring, Monitoring and Analysis of Quality of Life and its Complexity” (University of Florence). Her main research interests concern: (i) data production (in particular, subjective data assessment), (ii) data analysis (in particular, multivariate and dimensional analysis, scaling models and construction of composite and synthetic indicators), and (iii) data presentation and dissemination (with particular reference to defining a model aimed at assessing the quality of communication in statistics). Main field of application is quality-of life and wellbeing measurement and analysis. She is author of many publications on those topics. President of the Italian Association for Quality-of-Life Studies (AIQUAV). Past-president of the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS). Component of the Global Project Research Network on Measuring the Progress (established at OECD). Component of the Scientific Committee for the Measurement of Wellbeing (Commissione scientifica per la misura del benessere) established at Italian National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT). Component of the Expert Group on Quality of life, established at Eurostat – European Commission. She cooperates with and is advisor of the Italian National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT) with reference to quality-of-life and wellbeing issues. She is member of several international associations, many scientific journals’ editorial board, scientific committees and session organizer/chair of numerous international conferences. Editor-in-Chief (from 01/01/2014) of Social Indicators Research journal (Springer).

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