I'd like to see statistics for anime ratings and number of votes but I don't think it's that much fun looking at graphs that simply show the actual ratings and number of votes. Instead I find it more interesting if the graph shows a weighted rating based on popularity. I mean, which anime is more popular; the one rated 9.5 with 10 votes or the one rated 8.0 with 750 votes? The way I see it the one rated 8.0 is more popular because the one rated 9.5 is most likely somewhat over rated (due to its low vote count). The more votes an anime has the more accurate the rating becomes.

As an example, here's how I've been calculating my own stats so far:

Each day get a list of all animes for which both of these two conditions are true (this is just to limit the number of animes in the list):

- Rating >= 7.5

Number of votes >= 750

Then, for each anime in the list, calculate a wheighted rating like this:

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```
Rw = R * (V / Vmax)
Rw is the wheigthed rating
R is the anime's rating
V is the number of votes for the anime
Vmax is max votes as described above
```

The nice thing about this method is that the same graph shows two things:

1. The difference between Rw for any two animes on a given date shows how much more popular the one anime is relative to the other.

2. The Rw delta between two (closely located) dates for a given anime shows how 'hot' that particular anime is at the moment; the 'hotter' it is the higher the delta.

This stats calculation method may be somewhat flawed depending on how one sees it: this method assumes that an anime is more popular than another one if it has more votes than the other. This may not allways be true though; it's possible that the longer an anime has been listed in the database, the more likely it is that the anime has a higher number of votes than an anime that has been in the databse for a shorter time. So statement #1 above may or may not be true depending on how one sees it. For the top 10 to 20 animes I think this method is accurate though.

Perhaps there's a better way of calculating the wheighted rating. Maybe the number of days an anime has been listed in the database could be included in the formula. The release/airing date shouldn't be used though since that date may be much older than the date the anime was added to the database.

/N