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rank

(rank),
1. The ordinal position of an observation in the set of observations of which it is a member.
2. To order a set of observations according to their rank.

rank

the place in a series occupied by a value when the series has been set in order according to a particular trait, usually size. Called also order statistic.

rank sum test
nonparametrical statistical test used to compare two methods by seeing if one method contributes more to the higher ranked values.
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In fact, one of the loudest and most vocal critics of surcharging was the very first to break ranks with us, and this was just months after the first announcement.
He wrote: "The final judgement to make dependent on what the Tories agree today, is how hard to hit them for opportunism if they break ranks.
Mark Butcher has become the first member of England's tour party for the West Indies to break ranks and urge the authorities to learn from their previous mistakes by solving the growing problem over Zimbabwe without involving the players.
Few would dare break ranks with the Democrats and reach out to the Republican Party.
Union leader John Edmonds yesterday became the first to break ranks after the STUC said it wouldn't rock the Labour boat.