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

80.24%

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 10/10 703 days 100%
Frank Bien 9/10 1464 days 14%
Alison Egan-Jones 9/10 1494 days 14%
Frank 3/10 1768 days 9%
Bert Pubeg 6/10 2590 days 6%
Lydia Holleman 6/10 2916 days 4%
Jan Sjoerdtje 6/10 2916 days 4%
Roshnie 8/10 2935 days 4%
Denise & Maciej Holzer 3/10 3204 days 2%
Schael 3/10 3204 days 2%
Langerak 8/10 3216 days 2%
Ellen Jacobs 6/10 3227 days 2%
Cornelis 8/10 3305 days 2%
Bart Goovaerts 3/10 3307 days 1%
Matthys van den Heuuel 5/10 3311 days 1%
Kris Gijbels 7/10 3544 days 0%
Monica 1/10 3562 days 0%
Omar Candon 8/10 3567 days 0%
Sanne 7/10 3570 days 0%
Schunanu 7/10 3580 days 0%
Marianne Astorp 9/10 3585 days 0%
Florian 5/10 3587 days 0%
allesca 7/10 3717 days 3%
Tim 8/10 3938 days 3%
Valerie Van Hemelrijck 7/10 3954 days 3%
Mike Kirchner 2/10 3955 days 2%
Bram-Jan M 7/10 3958 days 3%
Bo Moenstead 7/10 3968 days 3%
Beute Jacob 6/10 3972 days 2%
Holliger 5/10 3976 days 2%
anniest 9/10 4025 days 3%
Antje & Sascha Häusler 3/10 4025 days 2%
Richard Kesteleyn 5/10 4029 days 2%
ulrichk 10/10 4138 days 3%
LandR 10/10 4266 days 3%
LuukKarin 7/10 4267 days 3%
AnneliesK 5/10 4275 days 2%
LosItaly 7/10 4277 days 3%
Mick 8/10 4281 days 3%
HeideS 9/10 4284 days 3%
Zeeman 6/10 4284 days 2%
Anneleen 8/10 4296 days 3%
Jessica 7/10 4330 days 3%
De Kievit 5/10 4333 days 2%
Kirsten 10/10 4378 days 3%
Watermann 7/10 4382 days 3%
Liz 2/10 4405 days 2%
catzmagic 8/10 4659 days 3%
Roger and Heather Smith 10/10 4670 days 3%
Jim Curley 8/10 4677 days 3%
Tim 7/10 4705 days 3%
Gail 7/10 4711 days 3%
Jessica Callen 7/10 4867 days 3%
Woods Gary 9/10 4867 days 3%
Nancy Bill 8/10 4989 days 3%
beesom 4/10 5031 days 2%
Stefan 7/10 5039 days 3%
Gordon 8/10 5042 days 3%
Pope 9/10 5042 days 3%
Rolf 8/10 5043 days 3%
Nicole 7/10 5043 days 3%

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

-4.07% Adjustment

There may be an adjustment if this experience hasn't received any reviews within the last 42 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 -4.01%
198 -4.03%
199 -4.05%
200 -4.07%
201 -4.09%
202 -4.11%
203 -4.13%

Final Ranking Score

76%

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.