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In order to test the procedure of matching individual employees with the required social work skills, the agency executives presented 25 "simulated" applicants for the jobs. The simulated applicants were actual individuals known to the seminar members— typically, a member of his/her agency or a close associate. Academic training, job experiences, amount of experience in each type of job, and administrative experience were noted for each individual. The following scoring system was suggested and adopted:

Training

Specifically trained in skill I

Not trained for skill 0

Job experience

Performed in skill area, less than 2 years 1

Performed in skill area, 2-5 years 2

Performed in skill area, more than 5 years 3

No experience in skill area 0

Each individual was scored on training and experience. These scores were summed and entered into an array where relevant.

The elements of this array form matrix B.

where

(n, if the individual If is trained and/or has experience in skill S, (n = 1,2, 3, 4).

0, if the individual 1* is not trained in and has no experience in skill St.

Note that the number of non-zero elements in a column indicates the number of ways in which that individual can contribute to the skill requirements of the system. The sum of the numbers in a column is a measure of the value of that individual's contribution to the set of skills.

We can now calculate the contribution of an Individual to the tasks which form the EOSS training/placement system. Suppose individual 1* has skill Sj which contributes to task T,-. This can be calculated as

If the relationship between I and S, or S and T does not exist, then

'a = X "'A* i and we let C be the matrix of cik, we note that C can be found by matrix multiplication of matrices A and B, so that

Using the numbers in the above arrays:

110 0 0 110 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 i 0 0 0 0 0 1

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