Rating Scale and Reputation System

Arumble Rating System Modeling aims to provide a platform for defining customized rating systems that remain interoperable with varying scales.

Background

Rating systems vary by vendor and context.  Ratings also vary by creativity.  Some are extremely simple (and familiar), such as the infamous 5-star rating model.  Some systems are less mathematical and can be represented by letters, such as grates (A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, etc).  There are others that use adjectives or other arbitrary words to describe the relevance of a rating in relation to a subject, such as “cold”, “warm”, “hot”, etc.  Sometimes arbitrary words are attributed to incremental models, such as the 5-star rating, to describe sentiment related to the weight given by a star rating.

All these styles (and many more) vary in scale and relevance.  Not all increments in rating are evenly distributed across the gamut of sentiment.  The challenge is to find a way to “normalize” varying rating scales so that they align similarly when compared to each other.  When this is achieved, it is possible to provide a platform for customizing ratings to your style and to the depth of detail you require.

Purpose

The goal of a platform like this is not only to align many rating systems with each other, but to allow for expanding on existing scales and models to allow greater flexibility and user interaction.  There is a gap between the simplistic “rating” of a subject and the human expression of sentiment through words that form a “review”.

The Arumble Rating System aims to simplify the complexity of written reviews and to extend the flexibility of arbitrary ratings to express basic sentiment as both mediums converge in the middle.

Definitions

I have been using Google Alerts to keep tabs on how people use the following terms on their websites.

Anticipation – looking forward to something, excitement

  • an expectation
  • something expected (as on the basis of a norm); “each of them had their own anticipations”; “an indicator of expectancy in development”
  • prediction: the act of predicting (as by reasoning about the future)
  • anticipating with confidence of fulfillment

Expectation – what you assume will happen, how you think it will happen

  • belief about (or mental picture of) the future
  • anticipation: anticipating with confidence of fulfillment
  • the feeling that something is about to happen
  • arithmetic mean: the sum of the values of a random variable divided by the number of values

Rating – the value you put on something

  • evaluation: an appraisal of the value of something; “he set a high valuation on friendship”
  • evaluation: act of ascertaining or fixing the value or worth of
  • standing or position on a scale
  • military rank: rank in a military organization

Scale – the context within which reference points can be used to give value relative meaning

  • an ordered reference standard; “judging on a scale of 1 to 10”
  • relative magnitude; “they entertained on a grand scale”
  • measure by or as if by a scale; “This bike scales only 25 pounds”
  • the ratio between the size of something and a representation of it; “the scale of the map”; “the scale of the model”
  • pattern, make, regulate, set, measure, or estimate according to some rate or standard
  • a specialized leaf or bract that protects a bud or catkin
  • take by attacking with scaling ladders; “The troops scaled the walls of the fort”
  • a thin flake of dead epidermis shed from the surface of the skin
  • reach the highest point of; “We scaled the Mont Blanc”
  • (music) a series of notes differing in pitch according to a specific scheme (usually within an octave)
  • climb up by means of a ladder
  • a measuring instrument for weighing; shows amount of mass
  • remove the scales from; “scale fish”
  • an indicator having a graduated sequence of marks
  • plate: a metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners)

Meter – similar to scale, if not the same

  • the basic unit of length adopted under the Systeme International d’Unites (approximately 1.094 yards)
  • any of various measuring instruments for measuring a quantity
  • measure with a meter; “meter the flow of water”
  • (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse
  • rhythm as given by division into parts of equal duration

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