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# How is this possible...

I directed and produced a film called Just Another Day. The rating on the film is 5.0. The lowest of any of my films. I happened to look at the ratings and noticed that we had 80 percent 10s. I completely get the weight average theory but I don't ask anyone to rate. As a filmmaker I can see this looks odd. It was a low budget film and we made the best film possible. But it has connected with folks especially African Americans. All the same time it's not a five. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1412367/ratings/?ref_=tt_ov_rt/ Just compare it to some of my other films? Maybe a few white guys who don't get it brought my average down but as I say it's not a five. Please reexamine. This rating may impede my forward progress.

Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Peter Sprier

## cinephile

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The weighted average is low (5.0), but the arithmetic mean is high (8.9). That means a good chunk of the ratings where discarded by the IMDb algorithm as unusual.

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## pspirer

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Yeah... I get it, it just seems unfair. A good chunk doesn't begin to describe it. We are talking about marginalizing hundreds of reviews.

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## Michelle

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Hi pspirer -

IMDb does not use the arithmetic mean when calculating the ratings, although the raw mean and median are shown under the detailed vote breakdown graph on the ratings pages. Instead, we use a weighted average scheme. This explains why there's often a discrepancy between the user rating displayed on a film's title page and the arithmetic mean of all the votes cast for that film.

For more information I encourage you to review our Ratings FAQ.

Cheers!

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