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Measure vs. Percentile

Carrier violations or crashes are weighted by time and severity to produce a measure for that carrier in each BASIC. The measure is then used to assign that carrier to a percentile rank containing carriers’ information in similar safety event groups. Expand for more information.

Carrier violations or crashes are weighted by time and severity to produce a measure for that carrier in each BASIC. The measure only considers individual performance based on 24 months of data, with a measure of 0 indicating best performance. The measure is then used to assign that carrier to a percentile rank containing carriers’ information in similar safety event groups. The graph below shows how the carrier’s measure correlates with its percentile rank over a selected period of time.

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Measure Percentile
0 0
0.01 1
0.02 2
0.02 3
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0.04 6
0.05 7
0.05 8
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0.06 10
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0.08 12
0.09 13
0.09 14
0.10 15
0.11 16
0.11 17
0.13 18
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0.17 24
0.18 25
0.19 26
0.20 27
0.21 28
0.22 29
0.23 30
0.24 31
0.25 32
0.26 33
0.27 34
0.29 35
0.29 36
0.31 37
0.32 38
0.33 39
0.34 40
0.35 41
0.37 42
0.38 43
0.40 44
0.41 45
0.43 46
0.44 47
0.45 48
0.47 49
0.48 50
0.50 51
0.51 52
0.53 53
0.54 54
0.56 55
0.58 56
0.59 57
0.62 58
0.63 59
0.65 60
0.67 61
0.69 62
0.71 63
0.73 64
0.75 65
0.77 66
0.80 67
0.83 68
0.86 69
0.89 70
0.91 71
0.94 72
0.98 73
1.00 74
1.03 75
1.07 76
1.10 77
1.14 78
1.17 79
1.21 80
1.25 81
1.30 82
1.34 83
1.39 84
1.44 85
1.49 86
1.55 87
1.61 88
1.68 89
1.75 90
1.84 91
1.94 92
2.05 93
2.17 94
2.31 95
2.53 96
2.77 97
3.13 98
3.77 99
7.64 100