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 Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruises.
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.
89 Valid Reviews
The Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruises experience has a total of 89 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 89 valid reviews:
The raw data average (mean) for all the Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruises valid reviews is 94.94% and is based on 89 valid reviews. This value is not used to calculate the ranking score and it only provided here as a comparison to the weighted average.
74 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 89 valid reviews, the experience has 74 face-to-face reviews collected during interviews by our team.
Below is the distribution of ratings for the 74 face-to-face reviews:
The raw data average (mean) for all the Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruises face-to-face reviews is 94.86% and is based on 74 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.
|Jonny Horn||9/10||1179 days||4.84||100%|
|Hazel Norman||10/10||1194 days||4.81||99%|
|James Jackson||10/10||1195 days||4.8||99%|
|Bartlomiej Berger||9/10||1890 days||3.44||71%|
|Ann Wilson||8/10||2146 days||2.8||58%|
|Anne and Steve Bartlett||9/10||2211 days||2.82||58%|
|Abby Rescr||9/10||2525 days||2.2||46%|
|Frederick Dean||8/10||2525 days||2.09||43%|
|Joey Mertzig||10/10||2542 days||2.17||45%|
|Pete & Pat Etheridge||10/10||2899 days||1.47||30%|
|Mike & Jennie||9/10||2901 days||1.47||30%|
|Stefes Wencke||10/10||2903 days||1.46||30%|
|Uwe Henze||10/10||2904 days||1.46||30%|
|Manuela Weber||10/10||2904 days||1.46||30%|
|Thyg Lingdal||10/10||2918 days||1.43||30%|
|Anna Bret||8/10||2990 days||1.23||25%|
|Jaime Castells||9/10||2990 days||1.29||27%|
|Gary Koehler||10/10||3247 days||0.79||16%|
|Chris Darlington||10/10||3264 days||0.76||16%|
|Dieter Uhlmann||9/10||3267 days||0.75||15%|
|Angi Otti||10/10||3275 days||0.73||15%|
|Jackie Morris||10/10||3275 days||0.73||15%|
|Samuel Prechel||10/10||3276 days||0.73||15%|
|David Glover||10/10||3278 days||0.73||15%|
|Claus Olsen||10/10||3279 days||0.73||15%|
|H Schepers||9/10||3280 days||0.72||15%|
|Kevin & Chris||9/10||3554 days||0.19||4%|
|Graeme + Jane Ryan||10/10||3611 days||0.08||2%|
|Peter Brown||10/10||3617 days||0.06||1%|
|T. Timmers||9/10||3635 days||0.03||1%|
|David Valentine||10/10||3643 days||0.01||0%|
|Annette Schmitt||9/10||3643 days||0.01||0%|
|Jeremy & Sarah Rind||10/10||3648 days||0.0||0%|
|Simon Jones||9/10||3680 days||0.0||0%|
|Traveller Girl||10/10||3925 days||0.0||0%|
|Inger Skov||10/10||3998 days||0.0||0%|
|C Digby||9/10||4045 days||0.0||0%|
|Stephanie Schikora||10/10||4098 days||0.0||0%|
|Sue Stewart||10/10||4205 days||0.0||0%|
|James Gibbs||8/10||4297 days||0.0||0%|
|George Jeffs||10/10||4334 days||0.0||0%|
|Paul Weston||9/10||4348 days||0.0||0%|
|Marian Mckinney||10/10||4348 days||0.0||0%|
|Charles Price||8/10||4359 days||0.0||0%|
|Vicky Elliott||10/10||4366 days||0.0||0%|
|Anne Mainwaring||10/10||4374 days||0.0||0%|
|Rene Schotvanger||10/10||4557 days||0.0||0%|
|Pat Brewster||10/10||4557 days||0.0||0%|
|Paul Yacoumis||10/10||4683 days||0.0||0%|
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 Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruises 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 Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruises 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 199 days.
The Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruises experience has been adjusted for 199 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 email@example.com.