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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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But one jumper seemed to be worried about the blood rushing to his head and broke ranks to go feet first instead.
But Tory MP Douglas Carswell broke ranks and urged Mr Martin to go and set a departure date.
It also comes after three Labour AMs broke ranks to condemn the union between the two parties as "illogical".
Nineteen Democrats in the Georgia House broke ranks on the opening days of session to help elect the first Republican speaker in two centuries.
I broke ranks with the NRA over their not being willing to outlaw military combat weapons for civilians.
Chevron and Dow followed suit, but Fina broke ranks and announced a 3[cent] hike instead.
SNP leader Alex Salmond broke ranks to savage Scots Secretary Michael Forsyth.
Robbie" Robinson openly broke ranks with his own government on the ivory issue.
In a visionary move, CoCreate broke ranks from the existing CAD system architecture of the day to create an entirely new product line based on open systems that reintroduced collaboration into the design process.
A LABOUR MP broke ranks yesterday and called on Gordon Brown to quit.
The Norwegian wing-back broke ranks and defied Thompson, who had gagged his stars in a bid to prevent them stoking up today's Premiership battle with Manchester United.
Six Republicans broke ranks and voted for the measure, which requires background checks on people who buy guns at gun shows and pawnshops, raise the legal age to buy a gun from 18 to 21 and require locks to be sold with guns.