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Jun 26, 2012
Consensus grades on the site are currently calculated using the mean opinion. Switching to the median opinion would make the estimate more robust to outliers, and would prevent this sort of nonsense:

mountainproject.com/v/debbie-d...

(Administrator decides he doesn't like a 5.11a climb so he gives it a 5.0 rating and screws up the consensus grade.)
MikeJ
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I deleted the bogus ratings, and the route comments related to them. Nick Wilder
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If the sample size is large enough and its normally distributed then the mean and median should be the same. With that said, I'm not sure what the sample size is... agd
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Jun 26, 2012
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alexdavis wrote:
If the sample size is large enough and its normally distributed then the mean and median should be the same. With that said, I'm not sure what the sample size is...

beat me to it.
except there is nothing normal about the distribution on MP!
Darren Mabe
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i agree that the median is the way to go. slim
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Jun 26, 2012
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Young Gun wrote:
Switching to the median opinion would make the estimate more robust to outliers, and would prevent this sort of nonsense: mountainproject.com/v/debbie-d... (Administrator decides he doesn't like a 5.11a climb so he gives it a 5.0 rating and screws up the consensus grade.)


agreed.
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