# Best method for ranking

#### welleozean

##### New Member
Hello,

I have the following table with 5 candidates and a frequency count of rankings obtained by each candidate in a series of activities. I need now to score the "best" candidate.

Code:
    Rank 1    Rank 2    Rank 3    Rank 4    Rank 5    Total
cand1     65           34           7             4             2             112
cand2     23           26           32           22           9             112
cand3     5            19          21           37           30           112
cand4     18           23           22           34           15           112
cand5     12           25           14           19           42           112
I am quite naive in terms of statistics, so any advise for a sound formula/method would be very much appreciated

#### joeb33050

##### Member
You need to weight the rankings to score the candidates. If Rank 1 is how well he ties his tie, and Rank 2 is education and Rank 3 is his shoe color...
The weights do/should/ vary. Gotit?

#### welleozean

##### New Member
I must have expressed my self wrongly: cand1 has scored/got 65 times in Rank 1, 34 in Rank 2 etc. In the table, you see a frequency of how many times that rank (1-5) has been scored by each candidate. Now, I need to combine the 5 ranks frequencies of each candidate to obtain which candidate performed best.

#### joeb33050

##### Member
Did the rankers weight the rank description?
Give us some examples, else this is asking us to pick a number from 1 to27.
Explain what you're doing, or make up the story.