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 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

89.39%

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
Anders Knutsson 10/10 317 days 84.08 100%
Frank Bien 9/10 1078 days true 5.05 6%
Alison Egan-Jones 9/10 1108 days 4.97 6%
Frank 3/10 1382 days true 3.42 4%
Bert Pubeg 6/10 2204 days 2.35 3%
Lydia Holleman 6/10 2530 days true 1.82 2%
Jan Sjoerdtje 6/10 2530 days true 1.82 2%
Roshnie 8/10 2549 days true 2.05 2%
Denise & Maciej Holzer 3/10 2818 days true 1.25 1%
Schael 3/10 2818 days true 1.25 1%
Langerak 8/10 2830 days true 1.52 2%
Ellen Jacobs 6/10 2841 days true 1.31 2%
Cornelis 8/10 2919 days true 1.36 2%
Bart Goovaerts 3/10 2921 days true 1.1 1%
Matthys van den Heuuel 5/10 2925 days true 1.15 1%
Kris Gijbels 7/10 3158 days true 0.88 1%
Monica 1/10 3176 days true 0.68 1%
Omar Candon 8/10 3181 days true 0.87 1%
Sanne 7/10 3184 days true 0.83 1%
Schunanu 7/10 3194 days true 0.81 1%
Marianne Astorp 9/10 3199 days true 0.88 1%
Florian 5/10 3201 days true 0.71 1%
allesca 7/10 3331 days 0.57 1%
Tim 8/10 3552 days true 0.18 0%
Valerie Van Hemelrijck 7/10 3568 days true 0.15 0%
Mike Kirchner 2/10 3569 days true 0.12 0%
Bram-Jan M 7/10 3572 days true 0.14 0%
Bo Moenstead 7/10 3582 days true 0.12 0%
Beute Jacob 6/10 3586 days true 0.1 0%
Holliger 5/10 3590 days true 0.1 0%
anniest 9/10 3639 days true 0.02 0%
Antje & Sascha Häusler 3/10 3639 days true 0.02 0%
Richard Kesteleyn 5/10 3643 days true 0.01 0%
ulrichk 10/10 3752 days true 0.0 0%
LandR 10/10 3880 days true 0.0 0%
LuukKarin 7/10 3881 days true 0.0 0%
AnneliesK 5/10 3888 days true 0.0 0%
LosItaly 7/10 3891 days true 0.0 0%
Mick 8/10 3895 days true 0.0 0%
HeideS 9/10 3898 days true 0.0 0%
Zeeman 6/10 3898 days true 0.0 0%
Anneleen 8/10 3910 days true 0.0 0%
Jessica 7/10 3943 days true 0.0 0%
De Kievit 5/10 3947 days true 0.0 0%
Kirsten 10/10 3992 days true 0.0 0%
Watermann 7/10 3996 days true 0.0 0%
Liz 2/10 4018 days true 0.0 0%
catzmagic 8/10 4273 days 0.0 0%
Roger and Heather Smith 10/10 4284 days true 0.0 0%
Jim Curley 8/10 4291 days true 0.0 0%
Tim 7/10 4319 days true 0.0 0%
Gail 7/10 4325 days true 0.0 0%
Jessica Callen 7/10 4481 days true 0.0 0%
Woods Gary 9/10 4481 days true 0.0 0%
Nancy Bill 8/10 4603 days true 0.0 0%
beesom 4/10 4645 days true 0.0 0%
Stefan 7/10 4653 days true 0.0 0%
Gordon 8/10 4656 days true 0.0 0%
Pope 9/10 4656 days true 0.0 0%
Rolf 8/10 4657 days true 0.0 0%
Nicole 7/10 4657 days true 0.0 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 Buried Village experience has plenty of reviews and does not meet the criteria for any adjustment.

Recent Reviews Adjustment

-3.98% Adjustment

There may be an adjustment if an experience hasn't received any reviews within the last 60 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 199 days.

The Buried Village experience has been adjusted for 199 days. Adjustments are according to the following table.

Days Adjustment
196 -3.92%
197 -3.94%
198 -3.96%
199 -3.98%
200 -4.00%
201 -4.02%
202 -4.04%

Final Ranking Score

85%

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.