[R-meta] inter-rater agreement for multiple raters

Viechtbauer Wolfgang (SP) wolfgang.viechtbauer at maastrichtuniversity.nl
Tue Aug 1 17:58:36 CEST 2017

Hi James,

I thought Krippendorff's alpha could handle this. See:


I see that package 'irr' has a kripp.alpha() function, but it may still do listwise deletion. If so, maybe look for other packages that can compute Krippendorff's alpha (e.g., 'rel' and 'DescTools').


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Subject: [R-meta] inter-rater agreement for multiple raters

This question pertains to a common issue in systematic reviews (although
not meta-analysis per-se).

I have a group of 5 raters who screened abstracts for possible inclusion in
a systematic review. Each abstract was scored (dichotomously, as "not
relevant" or "possibly relevant") by at least two raters. However, only a
small percentage of abstracts were scored by all 5 raters.

Does anyone know of an R package that will compute inter-rater agreement
statistics (e.g., Fleiss's kappa or Light's kappa or something better that
I don't know about) for such a design? The functions that I know of (e.g.,
from the irr package) do list-wise deletion, which means that the
statistics are computed based on a very small subset of the sample. I need
something that uses pair-wise deletion.


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