I Lied About My Age!
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Thank you again to all for ranking your top 10 roller coasters! While this has been an insane year from roller coaster perspective, we thought it would still be fun to stack up our top coasters regardless.
Per usual, our crack team of analysts, spreadsheet artists, field researchers, algorithmic mathematicians, academic calculators, and quantitative number crunchers (aka @Hixee, @Pokemaniac, and @Hyde) have been hard at work analyzing all respective rankings for comparison.
One of the most visited threads in the General Discussions section of the forums is the "Top 10-ish" thread, where people rank their ten (or more) most favourite coasters. We have combed through the thread and collected all the Top 10 lists posted over the past year, from November 1, 2019 to October 31, 2020. This data has been analysed to find CoasterForce's most popular coasters of the 2020 season.
The Top 25
|Rank||Roller Coaster||Average Ranking||Average Ranking/Frequency||Number of #1 Rankings||Number of Rides|
As usual, we have a few graphs to further breakdown CF's top roller coasters, which you can view in the full spreadsheet link at the end of the post. For starters, here is a map of average roller coaster ranking vs. number of rides. The higher a roller coaster is charted on towards the upper left, the higher it is in the ranking. I have also added a trend line to add further clarity:
As was the case last year, charting out the roller coaster average rankings by number of rides shows a high correlation with their ranking. Steel Vengeance still takes a definitive runaway victory, each way we slice the chart!
As it was last year, you may notice a number of roller coaster that have different average rankings vs. average rankings/rides. If we ranked roller coasters based on average rank alone, it's a rather different result. Overall, we still prefer to consider over number of rides, to help ensure the rankings are reflective of the entire community vs. a few select members. This shows further skewing this year especially, as everyone's travels were greatly disrupted, limiting access and travel to new roller coasters.
Comparing year-over-year: While Steel Vengeance remained #1 from 2018, we saw a number of key roller coasters move up and down in the rankings. Of biggest note compared to last year:
- Zadra has shot up in the rankings; we expected this as it led by average ranking alone last year.
- Lightning Rod gained 1 spot in the rankings - maybe it doesn't need that RMC retrack afterall?
- Shambhala was another surprise riser in the rankings, moving up 9 spots from last year.
- Wildfire lost a lot of love, seeing one of the biggest slides in the rankings from 10 to 21.
|Roller Coaster||2018||2019||2020||Change From Previous Year||Average Ranking|
Again, this is heavily reliant on sample size, and how folks responded with their top 10 rankings. If you feel like a roller coaster got cheated and didn't participate this year; make it a point to drop your top 10 into the thread so we can count it towards next year's count!
We also updated the alternate rankings as we did last year, showing variations to how roller coaster rankings can be measured, such as logging results (to consider strong outliers) and removing top and bottom-most votes for each respective roller coaster (also as a control for outlier votes).
You can peruse all the data and tables here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1lOb0_4PdFbbAAW6Rakv_Kvpcdy9kAbG_S79Bcd3mkDw/edit?usp=sharing
Thank you again for joining in the CF Top 10 Rankings - here's to more roller coasters to come in 2021!
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