Analysis of Ranks

One method of providing an evaluation is the rank ordering of some unit. For example, the ranking of college football teams provides an annual exercise in comparison of units. Rank ordering provides a relative placement of units to each other without regard to the relative distance between the evaluations. For example, if teams were rated on a 1–100 basis, it is possible that two teams could receive a ranking of 95, a tie for first place. However, such an evaluation does not mean that the next team will receive a 94; the next team could be evaluated and given a score of 85, for example. We could say that there are two great college football teams and the rest simply not nearly as ...

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