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Any way of arranging investments in a hierarchy according to return, risk, or any number of other metrics. For example, one may compare investments to each other to determine which are most likely to outperform, underperform, and perform the same as the market as a whole. Ranking systems may assign categories using letters (say A-E), numbers (1-5), or even with individual names.


Ranking is a method of assigning a value to an investment in relation to comparable investments by using a scale.

The scale might be a straightforward numerical (1 to 5) or alphabetical (A to E) system, or one that also uses stars, checks, or some other icon to convey the evaluation.

Research firms and individual analysts typically establish and publish their criteria -- though not their methodology -- for establishing their rankings.

These criteria, which also differ by investment type, may include quantitative information such as past earnings, price trends, and the issuing company's financial fundamentals, or more qualitative assessments, such as the state of the marketplace.

Ranking can be a useful tool in evaluating potential investments or in reviewing your current portfolio. Before depending on a ranking, though, you'll want to understand how it has been derived and how accurate the system for assigning the values has been over time.

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SSTS passage #2 (a CPA tax practitioner's duty to both the taxpayer and the tax system) has a very low relative importance and rank order compared with the other five passages.
In addition to looking at the utility of the Things I Worry About Scale as a needs assessment component, the present study examined the relationship between the rank order obtained from the present sample of at-risk American adolescents and the rank order obtained from adolescents in Northern Ireland who were surveyed in the development of the instrument.
the set of predicates u or v), the predicates can be applied in the rank order without sacrificing optimality.
Eyeballing Table 4 is difficult even with the rank order numbers posted.
93Q: Rank order of "scholarly quality of program faculty" trimmed means for 1993 NRC Study.
In addition to the above analyses, Pearson's rank order correlations were conducted to determine the relative placement or ranking of variables within each of the three sets of variables and to compare the changes in rankings over time for the two gender groups.
The reason that the ipsative ranks do not correlate perfectly with either the raw or rank order scores (besides the fact that the distributions are discrete and not continuous) is not because of the introduction of random error in the measurement process for the ipsative ranks or even the raw scores, but instead is a result of the systematic non-monotonic transformation that occurs when a set of raw or normative scores are transformed into ipsative ranks.
To find out, we used data from HCFA's mortality report to generate rank order correlations between hospital-specific mortality residuals and observed mortality rates for hospitals (N = 5,414).
The disabling conditions most reported by project directors in rank order were: alcoholism (272), "other" disabilities (187), orthopedic/musculoskeletal (113), mentally retarded (96), learning disabled (84), spinal cord injury (43), mental illness/psychological (42), and arthritis (41).
Respondents were asked to rank order various skills that the senior tax person should possess.
In other words, a given measurement tends to retain the same rank order as the child ages, and a child with high blood cholesterol is at greater risk for a high level in the future.
Providers are awarded a position on the Best Value Ranked List (BVRL) per area work is allocated to providers in rank order based on best value.