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Ranking Method

Ranking Method: The method used for Rankings is is what is referred to as Standard competition ranking (“1224” ranking). In competition ranking, results that compare equal receive the same ranking number, and then a gap is left in the ranking numbers.

The number of ranking numbers that are left out in this gap is one less than the number of items that compared equal. Equivalently, each item’s ranking number is 1 plus the number of items ranked above it.

This ranking strategy is frequently adopted for competitions, as it means that if two (or more) competitors tie for a position in the ranking, the position of all those ranked below them is unaffected (i.e., a competitor only comes second if exactly one person scores better than them, third if exactly two people score better than them, fourth if exactly three people score better than them, etc.).  Thus, if A ranks ahead of B and C (which compare equal) which are both ranked ahead of D, then A gets ranking number 1 (“first”), B gets ranking number 2 (“joint second”), C also gets ranking number 2 (“joint second”) and D gets ranking number 4 (“fourth”) etc.

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