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 Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours.
If you have any questions or comments about our ranking score calculation please get in touch at email@example.com. We don't believe this is perfect or complete so we're always interested in ways we might make improvements.
45 Valid Reviews
The Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours experience has a total of 46 reviews. There are 45 valid reviews that are included when calculating the ranking score and 1 invalid review 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 45 valid reviews:
The raw data average (mean) for all the Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours valid reviews is 90.22% and is based on 45 valid reviews. This value is not used to calculate the ranking score and it only provided here as a comparison to the weighted average.
28 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 45 valid reviews, the experience has 28 face-to-face reviews collected during interviews by our team.
Below is the distribution of ratings for the 28 face-to-face reviews:
The raw data average (mean) for all the Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours face-to-face reviews is 86.79% and is based on 28 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.
|Des Corner||10/10||813 days||18%|
|Martin Bakker||9/10||832 days||20%|
|Stefanie Menz||9/10||1837 days||4%|
|Peer Krumrey||10/10||1837 days||4%|
|Jim Woodruff||10/10||1878 days||3%|
|Hilbert vanEssen||7/10||2212 days||3%|
|Lydia McLean||10/10||2322 days||3%|
|Geoff Shutt||10/10||2520 days||2%|
|Juergen Wolf||7/10||2571 days||3%|
|Kiefer Osterrieder||8/10||2604 days||3%|
|Terry Phillips||10/10||2971 days||2%|
|John Winter||9/10||2971 days||2%|
|Rosemary Macdonald||9/10||3005 days||1%|
|Chris Willsher||10/10||3394 days||1%|
|Stephanie Schikora||10/10||3423 days||1%|
|Rob and Dorothy||8/10||3650 days||1%|
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 Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours experience has plenty of reviews and does not meet the criteria for any adjustment.
There may be an adjustment if an experience hasn't received any reviews within the last 60 days. However the Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours 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 Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours experience has been adjusted for 274 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.
If you have any questions or comments about our ranking score calculation please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.