Ranking Score Explained

Kia ora 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 Buried Village.

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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Buried Village

Valid Reviews

61 Valid Reviews

The Buried Village experience has a total of 63 reviews. There are 61 valid reviews that are included when calculating the ranking score and 2 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 61 valid reviews:

Rating Count Percentage
10/10 5
8%
9/10 7
11%
8/10 12
20%
7/10 16
26%
6/10 6
10%
5/10 6
10%
4/10 1
2%
3/10 5
8%
2/10 2
3%
1/10 1
2%

67.38% Average

The raw data average (mean) for all the Buried Village valid reviews is 67.38% and is based on 61 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

56 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 61 valid reviews, the experience has 56 face-to-face reviews collected during interviews by our team.

Below is the distribution of ratings for the 56 face-to-face reviews:

Rating Count Percentage
10/10 4
7%
9/10 6
11%
8/10 11
20%
7/10 15
27%
6/10 5
9%
5/10 6
11%
4/10 1
2%
3/10 5
9%
2/10 2
4%
1/10 1
2%

66.25% Average

The raw data average (mean) for all the Buried Village face-to-face reviews is 66.25% and is based on 56 face-to-face reviews. This value is not used to calculate the ranking score and it only provided here for comparison purposes.

Weighted Average

71.81%

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 Relative Weight
Anders Knutsson 10/10 1277 days 100%
Frank Bien 9/10 2039 days 66%
Alison Egan-Jones 9/10 2068 days 65%
Frank 3/10 2343 days 39%
Bert Pubeg 6/10 3165 days 12%
Lydia Holleman 6/10 3491 days 0%
Jan Sjoerdtje 6/10 3491 days 0%
Roshnie 8/10 3510 days 0%
Denise & Maciej Holzer 3/10 3779 days 12%
Schael 3/10 3779 days 12%
Langerak 8/10 3791 days 16%
Ellen Jacobs 6/10 3802 days 13%
Cornelis 8/10 3880 days 16%
Bart Goovaerts 3/10 3882 days 12%
Matthys van den Heuuel 5/10 3886 days 13%
Kris Gijbels 7/10 4119 days 15%
Monica 1/10 4137 days 11%
Omar Candon 8/10 4142 days 16%
Sanne 7/10 4145 days 15%
Schunanu 7/10 4155 days 15%
Marianne Astorp 9/10 4160 days 17%
Florian 5/10 4162 days 13%
allesca 7/10 4292 days 15%
Tim 8/10 4513 days 16%
Valerie Van Hemelrijck 7/10 4529 days 15%
Mike Kirchner 2/10 4530 days 11%
Bram-Jan M 7/10 4533 days 15%
Bo Moenstead 7/10 4543 days 15%
Beute Jacob 6/10 4547 days 13%
Holliger 5/10 4551 days 13%
anniest 9/10 4600 days 17%
Antje & Sascha Häusler 3/10 4600 days 12%
Richard Kesteleyn 5/10 4604 days 13%
ulrichk 10/10 4712 days 17%
LandR 10/10 4840 days 17%
LuukKarin 7/10 4842 days 15%
AnneliesK 5/10 4849 days 13%
LosItaly 7/10 4852 days 15%
Mick 8/10 4856 days 16%
HeideS 9/10 4859 days 17%
Zeeman 6/10 4859 days 13%
Anneleen 8/10 4870 days 16%
Jessica 7/10 4904 days 15%
De Kievit 5/10 4908 days 13%
Kirsten 10/10 4952 days 17%
Watermann 7/10 4957 days 15%
Liz 2/10 4979 days 11%
catzmagic 8/10 5233 days 16%
Roger and Heather Smith 10/10 5245 days 17%
Jim Curley 8/10 5252 days 16%
Tim 7/10 5280 days 15%
Gail 7/10 5286 days 15%
Jessica Callen 7/10 5441 days 15%
Woods Gary 9/10 5441 days 17%
Nancy Bill 8/10 5563 days 16%
beesom 4/10 5606 days 12%
Stefan 7/10 5614 days 15%
Gordon 8/10 5617 days 16%
Pope 9/10 5617 days 17%
Rolf 8/10 5618 days 16%
Nicole 7/10 5618 days 15%

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 Buried Village experience has plenty of reviews and does not meet the criteria for any adjustment.

Recent Reviews Adjustment

-2.04% Adjustment

There may be an adjustment if this experience hasn't received any reviews within the last 123 days. However the Buried Village 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 Buried Village experience has been adjusted for 200 days. Adjustments are according to the following table.

Days Adjustment
197 -2.01%
198 -2.02%
199 -2.03%
200 -2.04%
201 -2.05%
202 -2.06%
203 -2.07%

Final Ranking Score

70%

The final ranking score once any adjustments, ratings, 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.