This article will show you:
- Suggestions for selecting ranking strategies.
- Various examples of different ranking strategies.
Select Ranking Strategy (Optional)
This step is optional. There are four ranking strategies available to choose from:
- Standard Competition (1224) - Items that compare equal receive the same ranking number and a gap is left in the rank numbers. The number of ranking numbers that are left out in this gap is one less than the number of items that compared equal. This is a common ranking strategy used (Example 1).
- Modified Competition (1334) - Sometimes, competition ranking is done by leaving the gaps in the ranking numbers before the sets of equal-ranking items (rather than after them as in standard competition ranking). The number of ranking numbers that are left out in this gap remains one less than the number of items that compared equal. This ranking ensures that a competitor only comes second if they score higher than all but one of their opponents, third if they score higher than all but two of their opponents, etc.
- Dense (1223) - items that compare equal receive the same ranking number, and the next item(s) receive the immediately following ranking number. Equivalently, each item's ranking number is 1 plus the number of items ranked above it that are distinct with respect to the ranking order.
- Percentile (0..1) - Percentiles range from 1 to 99 in whole numbers. Rounding is always up, e.g., 10.1 percentile becomes 11. In contrast to usual mathematical practice, a lower number indicates a better score.
Here are a few examples of ranking strategies you can implement into your charts:
The boxplot shows a standard competition and has the Rank in the title. The box plot displays "Rank: (6) of (19)" which means the athlete is 6 out of 19 in their group. If you want to rank your athlete's performance, you must specify the population to compare them to.
The spider web (Radar) chart shows a graphing rank. It graphs the percentile rank for each individual's exercise compared to their historic position average and current team average.