The term criterion problem refers to a general problem in regression analysis, especially when used for selection, when the criterion measure that is easily obtainable is not a good approximation of the actual criterion of interest. In other words, the criterion problem refers to the problem that measures of the criterion performance behaviors in which the researcher or practitioner is interested in predicting are not readily available. For example, although specific sets of performance behaviors are desirable in academic and employment settings, often the easily obtainable measures are 1st-year grade point averages (GPAs) and supervisory ratings of job performance. The criterion problem is that those easily obtainable measures (GPA and supervisory performance ratings) are not good measures of important performance behaviors. The criterion is said ...
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