[IPAC-List] Seeking Taylor-Russell formulas

Dennis Doverspike dennisdoverspike at gmail.com
Wed Aug 15 10:57:45 EDT 2018


My good friend and former student, Jeff Kandra, had a website with a
utility calculator that included Taylor Russell. I am not sure when he last
updated the website or what he is doing these days. However, you can find
the website at -

I no longer have it. But for a long time we used a programmed version of
the Sands formula -
  Sands, W. A. (1973). A method for evaluating alternative
recruiting-selection strategies: The CAPER model. Journal of Applied
Psychology, 57, 222-227.
Our programmed version of Sands was great, but it was probably written in
Fortran for an old PDP 11-10 computer.

A google search finds a number of existing Taylor-Russell calculators
listed - you could always contact one of the authors.

And of course, just about anything under the sun can be found in R. At
least one Taylor Russell calculator can be found at

However, I usually find that none of the Taylor-Russell calculators,
including the R one, give me exactly what I want as I want it. So what I
often do is created my own simulated data sets. Once you calculate your own
simulated datasets, it is simple to generate any Taylor-Russell outcome or
variable you desire.

Hope that helps you on your search.


On Wed, Aug 15, 2018 at 10:41 AM Joel Wiesen <
jwiesen at appliedpersonnelresearch.com> wrote:

> In 1939, T-R urged us to focus on utility over validity and provided
> tables to help us do that.  A second set of tables was published in 1971
> (refs below).
> I would like to computerize these computations but have not found any
> references that give the formulas or computational approaches used by
> either the 1939 or 1971 article.
> Any ideas?
> H.C. Taylor & J.T. Russell, The relationship of validity coefficients to
> the practical effectiveness of tests in selection, Journal of Applied
> Psychology,1939 (23) 5, 565-578.
> N.M. Abrahams, E.F. Alf & J.J. Wolfe, Taylor-Russell tables for
> dichotomous criterion variables, Journal of Applied Psychology, 1971
> (55) 5, 449-457.
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