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 Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours.

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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Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours

Valid Reviews

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:

Rating Count Percentage
10/10 20
44%
9/10 11
24%
8/10 10
22%
7/10 3
7%
6/10 1
2%
5/10 0
0%
4/10 0
0%
3/10 0
0%
2/10 0
0%
1/10 0
0%

90.22% Average

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.

Face-to-Face Reviews

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.

More about face-to-face reviews

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:

Rating Count Percentage
10/10 7
25%
9/10 10
36%
8/10 7
25%
7/10 3
11%
6/10 1
4%
5/10 0
0%
4/10 0
0%
3/10 0
0%
2/10 0
0%
1/10 0
0%

86.79% Average

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.

Weighted Average

87.87%

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
Sevi 8/10 656 days true 42.65 100%
Chris 9/10 1035 days true 6.68 14%
Des Corner 10/10 1076 days 5.06 10%
Martin Bakker 9/10 1095 days true 6.0 13%
Stefanie Menz 9/10 2100 days true 4.35 9%
Peer Krumrey 10/10 2100 days true 4.35 9%
Jim Woodruff 10/10 2141 days 3.57 7%
David 8/10 2233 days 3.44 7%
Hilbert vanEssen 7/10 2475 days true 3.73 7%
VAGABOND 10/10 2538 days 3.02 6%
Dorthe 10/10 2570 days true 3.58 7%
Lydia McLean 10/10 2585 days true 3.55 7%
Geoff Shutt 10/10 2783 days 2.69 5%
Juergen Wolf 7/10 2834 days true 3.14 6%
Kiefer Osterrieder 8/10 2867 days true 3.09 6%
chrissie2011 10/10 2903 days 2.52 4%
Wendy 10/10 2934 days 2.48 4%
Lizzie 8/10 2934 days 2.48 4%
davidm239 9/10 3148 days true 2.63 5%
Annette 10/10 3209 days 2.1 3%
Terry Phillips 10/10 3234 days true 2.48 4%
John Winter 9/10 3234 days true 2.48 4%
Rosemary Macdonald 9/10 3268 days 2.02 3%
DimitriD 9/10 3560 days true 1.95 3%
Max 10/10 3562 days true 1.94 3%
GrahamM1 10/10 3576 days true 1.92 3%
ChristineM 9/10 3576 days true 1.92 3%
SimonR 7/10 3577 days true 1.92 3%
HovingL 9/10 3583 days true 1.91 3%
purplekat99 8/10 3633 days 1.52 2%
stephanie 8/10 3647 days true 1.8 3%
Chris Willsher 10/10 3657 days 1.49 2%
Stephanie Schikora 10/10 3686 days 1.45 2%
Carrie 9/10 3690 days true 1.73 2%
robthorp 10/10 3737 days 1.38 2%
eve 10/10 3737 days 1.38 2%
pruevitt 10/10 3751 days 1.36 2%
Rob and Dorothy 8/10 3913 days true 1.37 2%
jahirst 10/10 3925 days 1.12 1%
Mark 6/10 3971 days true 1.27 1%
Sue 8/10 4261 days true 0.8 0%
Jim 9/10 4261 days true 0.8 0%
Fenke 8/10 4285 days true 0.76 0%
Roy 10/10 4290 days true 0.75 0%
Colin 8/10 4317 days true 0.7 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 Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours experience has plenty of reviews and does not meet the criteria for any adjustment.

Recent Reviews Adjustment

-7.28% 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 364 days. Adjustments are according to the following table.

Days Adjustment
361 -7.22%
362 -7.24%
363 -7.26%
364 -7.28%
365 -7.30%
366 -7.32%
367 -7.34%

Final Ranking Score

81%

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.