Comparing and ordering things is a basal ability of mankind for organizing its physical and social environment. While many hierarchical relationships can be derived from numerical measures like length or voltage, many others cannot appropriately be captured this way. We argue that the newly emerging field of data science up to now lacks engagement in developing analysis methods for such ordinal data. By the example of an already existing approach in this domain, Formal Concept Analysis, we will discuss its capabilities as a knowledge representation and argue – based on its philosophical foundations – why it is an important building block for socially acceptable IT design.
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