Tomatometer doing something strange.

I've noticed that when the movie gets a "rotten" review, the meter goes down a good 3% or so. But when it gets a "fresh" review, it only goes up 1%. Example: the last three reviews since this post have been "fresh" though the score has only gone from 70% to 73%. Why is this?
Michael Lena
12-8-2012 01:54 PM

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Michael Lena

Michael Lena

i suck at math deal with it!!!!! ksjdhs

Dec 8 - 11:01 PM

Rod F.

Rod Fur

You want fries with that?

Dec 9 - 12:32 PM

Thom Stone

Thom Stone

ha!

Dec 9 - 12:40 PM

Retardo M.

Retardo Montalban

My pants often do something strange as well.

Dec 8 - 05:39 PM

David Tanny

David Tanny

OH HO! A BONER JOKE!

Dec 8 - 05:41 PM

Thom Stone

Thom Stone

math isn't your strong suit, is it?

the more reviews there are, the less each subsequent review will alter the score of the tomatometer. if the first review was rotten, the meter would be at 0% (if they worked the site like that, but they need 5 minimum). if the next review was fresh, it would jump a whopping 50% up to 50%. if the next review after that were fresh, it would go up 17% to 67%. if it were rotten, it would have dropped 17% to 33%. each review changes the meter less. this small paragraph might not fully help you understand, but it's a start.

Dec 8 - 03:49 PM

Rod F.

Rod Fur

The point of the OP is that one additional positive review will affect the score less than one additional negative review, which in not intuitively obvious.

This is only the case when there are more positive than negative reviews.

The math, however is grade school level stuff.

Dec 8 - 04:59 PM

Thom Stone

Thom Stone

yeah, i saw your post below. i decided to explain another aspect of it, though (that each review counts less).

Dec 8 - 08:31 PM

Rod F.

Rod Fur

It's called math.

21 fresh, 8 rotten = 72.41%
22 fresh, 8 rotten = 73.33%
Diff = .92%

21 fresh, 7 rotten = 75%
21 fresh, 8 rotten = 72.41%
Diff = 2.59%

Dec 8 - 02:23 PM

Rod F.

Rod Fur

I asked my 5th grade daughter to figure this out, btw.

Dec 8 - 02:27 PM

David Tanny

David Tanny

I was busy doodling hobbits in math class back in the day.

Dec 8 - 02:29 PM

Michael Neuman

Michael Neuman

you say that like it's the most obvious thing in the world.

Dec 8 - 02:52 PM

David Tanny

David Tanny

Anyway, Michael, I don't think anyone on this board will be able to offer you a real answer. We just don't know the mechanisms of the tomato-meter like the RT staff does. Maybe ask them.

Dec 8 - 02:14 PM

Zach Thomas

Zach Idiculla

No, really, it's just the ratio of positive to negative reviews.

Dec 8 - 02:16 PM

Zach Thomas

Zach Idiculla

Drag your cursor above the green ? symbol above/on the RT meter -- it tells you.

Dec 8 - 02:19 PM

David Tanny

David Tanny

Ah I see. I didn't pay attention to that. Like, I JUST discovered not too long ago that for the audience percentage, it has to be rated 3.5 or higher for it to be counted as a "fresh" rating. Thanks, Zach.

Dec 8 - 02:23 PM

Zach Thomas

Zach Idiculla

It's called mathematics. The RT meter is a ratio of positive to negative reviews, so the more reviews you have, the less each individual one begins to matter.

Source: Algebra 1 (?)

Dec 8 - 02:14 PM

Michael Lena

Michael Lena

I am not good at math. At all. Thank you for such a stuck up answer, zach.

Dec 8 - 02:17 PM

Zach Thomas

Zach Idiculla

Sorry, Michael.

Dec 8 - 02:19 PM

David Tanny

David Tanny

I don't think Zach's answer was "stuck up" at all. I thought it was helpful.

Dec 8 - 05:12 PM

Azariah Neal

Azariah Neal

Because humans thrive on negativity.

Dec 8 - 02:10 PM

David Tanny

David Tanny

How negative of you.

Dec 8 - 02:12 PM

Azariah Neal

Azariah Neal

Indeed

Dec 8 - 03:34 PM

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