Hi there, thanks for your interest in how we calculate an experience's ranking score. It's at the core of Rankers so I'm pleased you're curious.
The ranking score percentage is used to compare and sort experiences in ranking tables. It is not necessarily a direct measurement of the quality of a particular experience as rated by its customers. I've found it a useful tool to allow me to find the best experiences with confidence. But I've also found it important to read the customer reviews before making any final judgements!
We calculate an experience's ranking score using a multi-factor data model instead of a raw data average (mean). This model takes into account several important questions. For instance - is there a trusted body of reviews? What is the age of a review and is the review from a credible source?
Below you'll find details around some of the important factors that went into calculating the ranking score for Taieri Gorge Railway.
If you have any questions or comments about our ranking score calculation please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org. We don't believe this is perfect or complete so we're always interested in ways we might make improvements.
68 Valid Reviews
The Taieri Gorge Railway experience has a total of 68 valid reviews. There are no invalid reviews that are excluded from the calculation. Reviews can be excluded only when a reviewer is not verified or after an investigation by our team determines the reviewer is not genuine.
Below is the distribution of ratings for the 68 valid reviews:
The raw data average (mean) for all the Taieri Gorge Railway valid reviews is 83.82% and is based on 68 valid reviews. This value is not used to calculate the ranking score and it only provided here as a comparison to the weighted average.
62 Face-to-Face Reviews
The Rankers team meets with travellers while they’re in New Zealand and conducts face-to-face surveys. These reviews, in our opinion, are the most trusted in the industry and represent a critical control sample. To our knowledge, we are the only travel review website in the world that has gone to this extent.
Within the 68 valid reviews, the experience has 62 face-to-face reviews collected during interviews by our team.
Below is the distribution of ratings for the 62 face-to-face reviews:
The raw data average (mean) for all the Taieri Gorge Railway face-to-face reviews is 82.58% and is based on 62 face-to-face reviews. This value is not used to calculate the ranking score and it only provided here for comparison purposes.
Rankers calculates a weighted mean as a base average on which we can improve. Individual review's ratings are given a weight based on several factors. The weight of a review determines the overall impact it'll have on the final weighted average.
Recent reviews have more weight as they are more relevant and reflect the experience as it currently operates. Over time reviews become less relevant and loose their impact on the ranking score.
Low rating reviews carry slightly less weight. This dampens the effect of very low ratings for every experience across the board. This is especially important when the experience has few reviews overall and a single negative rating can grossly mischaracterise an experience. Consistent poor reviews will still result in the experience receiving a comparitively low ranking score.
Credible sources provide reviews that can be trusted. If we have verified a reviewer is genuine via a face-to-face meeting then the review carries additional weight.
|Vicki Hoskinson||10/10||807 days||100%|
|Wil Goes||7/10||1928 days||15%|
|Eric Lambley||7/10||2345 days||11%|
|Trish Saunders||9/10||2686 days||8%|
|Kath Tonkin||9/10||2686 days||8%|
|Fabian Lee||6/10||2692 days||6%|
|Elly Zimmer||7/10||2700 days||7%|
|Sylvia Klatt||3/10||2968 days||3%|
|Pete Wilson||9/10||2985 days||5%|
|Willem de Jong||9/10||3020 days||4%|
|Mike Edwards||10/10||3074 days||4%|
|Signe Kaspersen||8/10||3358 days||1%|
|Les Barnes||9/10||3373 days||1%|
|Karl Brachtl||10/10||3373 days||1%|
|Michael & Janet||9/10||3374 days||1%|
|Nico Schoots||7/10||3375 days||0%|
|Hazel & Alan Damerell||10/10||3375 days||1%|
|Nico Welagen||9/10||3379 days||0%|
|Horst Langstein||9/10||3386 days||0%|
|Des & Ann Bidwell||10/10||3388 days||0%|
|Colin Jenkins||8/10||3404 days||0%|
|John & Lorraine||8/10||3709 days||3%|
|Juergen Wolf||9/10||3720 days||3%|
|Malcolm McLean||8/10||3720 days||3%|
|Laurie Smith||8/10||3721 days||3%|
|David Mellard||10/10||3722 days||3%|
|Paul Smith||8/10||3736 days||3%|
|Robert Haidt||10/10||3751 days||3%|
|Robin Schomburg||10/10||3755 days||3%|
|Kerry Wood||10/10||4097 days||3%|
|Chris & Dawn Humphries||9/10||4102 days||3%|
|Maria Newton||8/10||4105 days||3%|
|J Kempeneers||8/10||4109 days||3%|
|Beverly B||8/10||4137 days||3%|
|Deede K||9/10||4193 days||3%|
|Kathrin Thomas||8/10||4197 days||3%|
|Ruth Kinder||10/10||4215 days||3%|
|john west||8/10||4497 days||3%|
Several adjustments to the weighted average are added to improve relevancy and credibility. These adjustments apply equally to all experiences that meet the criteria.
A reasonable number of reviews are necessary in order for the average to be credible and for an experience to take a prime position within the ranking tables. As such, experiences with only a few reviews have a moderated score. This does not mean that the experience or the reviews can't be trusted. The Taieri Gorge Railway experience has plenty of reviews and does not meet the criteria for any adjustment.
There may be an adjustment if this experience hasn't received any reviews within the last 93 days. However the Taieri Gorge Railway experience does not meet the criteria for any adjustment.
In addition, an experience's ranking score may be adjusted for each day there is no new ranking. After 1 day the adjustment comes into effect. The maximum number of days that can be adjusted for is 200 days. Due to the seasonal nature of many businesses, this adjustment is applied dynamically throughout the year.
The Taieri Gorge Railway experience has been adjusted for 200 days. Adjustments are according to the following table.
The final ranking score once adjustments and rounding has been applied. This value is cached and recalculated each day. Therefore it may not be precisely accurate based on the other values presented.
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