Question about FixYa Service
I notice an odd thing about the detail of the vote totals for both of our fixya raitngs, namely that the totals of the various catagories of rating don't sum to the same total as the number of votes. In my case I'm missing some votes, in yours you seem to have an extra vote somewhere in there :-)
Should I be able to add up all of the totals of "FixYa", "Helpfull". etc. votes and get the total listed as "xx votes" up at the top? If I then add the "Unrated" total shouldn't I get the total number of solutions I posted?
Not a big deal, but I wanna understand.
Your question has been echoed by nearly every expert that has been rated more than three times. Split those numbers into two categories:
The percentages are a whole different story. There has been speculation by the truckload on the math that makes up the rating percentages. The proofs don't proof.
I was a math major, consistently scoring in the 99th percentile in everything from Algebra to Advanced Trigonometry. I've got 25 years of data processing experience, I program in 13 languages, I'm a system developer, programming engineer and dozens of other titles. In short, I've got applicable skills in the area.
That said, I still haven't reverse engineered the algorithyms that come up with those percentages. So don't beat yourself up. If you want the algorythm that it is supposed to be based on, let me know. It is close, but there is still some unknown variable being factored into the mix.
Hopefully this clarified a portion of your curiousity
One involves a Generac 6.6kv generator that I'll put into an AskMe
The other is only a suggestion is from one Expert to another. There is goodwill to be garnered by exercising a measure of professional courtesy when rating fellow experts.
We each know the difficulty in maintaining percentages. The fact that many Askers do not understand the ratings system (how could they?) when they cast their votes.
Knowing this, I would rather not rate someone, than rate them down. This is only an opinion and is meant to be a constructive positive critique. I hope you interpret it that way.
With your background, I anticipate asking you many questions in the near future. I look forward to starting these interactions in the same way this one ends, on a positive note.
Once again, I hope this at least explains the total side of the ratings.
Posted on Jan 22, 2009
Hi Carl. The problem is that the interface is very misleading. The total number of votes is the absolute total number of votes that have been cast on your solutions. Your numeric percentage is the average of those votes. But each solution may receive several votes. Those votes are averaged for that solution, and the resulting rating is what appears on the site and in the FY, H, TFT, IA break down. That is why the numbers do not add up. I hope this clears things up. Sorry for the delayed response, but I was on Christmas holiday. Please feel free to contact FixYa Support Team directly at: http://www.fixya.com/contact
Posted on Dec 29, 2008
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