Ranking Score Explained

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 Pelorus Mail Boat.

If you have any questions or comments about our ranking score calculation please get in touch at info@rankers.co.nz. We don't believe this is perfect or complete so we're always interested in ways we might make improvements.

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Pelorus Mail Boat

Valid Reviews

24 Valid Reviews

The Pelorus Mail Boat experience has a total of 24 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 24 valid reviews:

Rating Count Percentage
10/10 6
25%
9/10 6
25%
8/10 9
38%
7/10 1
4%
6/10 1
4%
5/10 1
4%
4/10 0
0%
3/10 0
0%
2/10 0
0%
1/10 0
0%

85.00% Average

The raw data average (mean) for all the Pelorus Mail Boat valid reviews is 85.00% and is based on 24 valid reviews. This value is not used to calculate the ranking score and it only provided here as a comparison to the weighted average.

Face-to-Face Reviews

20 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.

More about face-to-face reviews

Within the 24 valid reviews, the experience has 20 face-to-face reviews collected during interviews by our team.

Below is the distribution of ratings for the 20 face-to-face reviews:

Rating Count Percentage
10/10 3
15%
9/10 5
25%
8/10 9
45%
7/10 1
5%
6/10 1
5%
5/10 1
5%
4/10 0
0%
3/10 0
0%
2/10 0
0%
1/10 0
0%

82.50% Average

The raw data average (mean) for all the Pelorus Mail Boat face-to-face reviews is 82.50% and is based on 20 face-to-face reviews. This value is not used to calculate the ranking score and it only provided here for comparison purposes.

Weighted Average

90.77%

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.

Reviewer Rating Age Face-to-Face Weight Relative Weight
Dina Schurer 10/10 487 days true 74.9 100%
Evie Sel 8/10 905 days true 12.86 15%
Thomas and Sonja 6/10 1261 days true 5.73 5%
Alan Graham 10/10 1544 days 4.38 3%
Reiner Botsch 8/10 1601 days true 5.17 4%
Greg Fischer 8/10 1601 days true 5.17 4%
ozelmer 10/10 1725 days 4.14 3%
Kylonce 9/10 2243 days 3.43 2%
Robinandmaureen 10/10 2274 days 3.38 2%
Duncan Mallison 9/10 2280 days true 4.05 3%
Jennifer 9/10 2285 days true 4.04 2%
Seraphim Karin 8/10 2300 days true 4.02 2%
Jill 8/10 2615 days true 3.5 2%
Schweisshelm 9/10 2634 days true 3.47 2%
Sue Croft 5/10 2637 days true 3.47 2%
Seifert 8/10 2660 days true 3.43 2%
Kiefer Osterrieder 8/10 2663 days true 3.42 2%
Lomas 10/10 2935 days true 2.98 1%
Betty le Brech 8/10 2987 days true 2.89 1%
wenerz 9/10 3080 days true 2.74 1%
nadinef 7/10 3087 days true 2.73 1%
stephenb 9/10 3089 days true 2.72 1%
Jan 8/10 3376 days true 2.25 0%
Annemarie 10/10 3387 days true 2.23 0%

Adjustments

Several adjustments to the weighted average are added to improve relevancy and credibility. These adjustments apply equally to all experiences that meet the criteria.

Sample Size Adjustment

No Adjustment

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 Pelorus Mail Boat experience has plenty of reviews and does not meet the criteria for any adjustment.

Recent Reviews Adjustment

-6.42% Adjustment

There may be an adjustment if an experience hasn't received any reviews within the last 60 days. However the Pelorus Mail Boat 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 364 days.

The Pelorus Mail Boat experience has been adjusted for 321 days. Adjustments are according to the following table.

Days Adjustment
318 -6.36%
319 -6.38%
320 -6.40%
321 -6.42%
322 -6.44%
323 -6.46%
324 -6.48%

Final Ranking Score

84%

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.

If you have any questions or comments about our ranking score calculation please get in touch at info@rankers.co.nz.