A few days ago, one of the volunteer reviewers for Florida posted a note on my Puzzle Solving 101 – The Final Exam cache that said that the PS101 Final was one of the 20 most favorite caches in all of Florida.
Naturally, I’m honored. But I’m also naturally curious. I know some of the caches on that list, and some of them have been found literally thousands of times, while the PS101 Final has been found very few times. Because you can only mark a cache as your favorite if you’ve logged a find on it, caches that are found more often should get more favorite points than those that are found less often.
So that got me thinking – what if we ranked caches by the percentage of finders that marked a cache as one of their favorites? That would get us closer to measuring the overall reward factor of a cache than just a raw measurement of favorite points.
So I took the top 20 caches in the state as of this writing (in terms of absolute number of favorite points), and I sorted them by the percentage of finders that marked each cache as a favorite, and here’s the results:
|Puzzle Solving 101 – The Final Exam||Mystery||GCYXN0||49||18||37%|
|South Florida Challenge Quest||Mystery||GCTVT8||99||24||24%|
|Final Florida Challenge Quest||Mystery||GCTVTE||75||17||23%|
|North Florida Challenge Quest||Mystery||GCTVT3||92||19||21%|
|M&M-183 Wherigo Whenican’tâ€¦Downtown
|Where The Green Fern Grows||Multi||GCD459||141||19||13%|
|The Federation MUST PAY!||Traditional||GCGX5D||277||25||9%|
|A Cool Cache||Traditional||GC15RQB||668||34||5%|
|FLORIDA GEOCAC BENCHMARK PROJECT||Traditional||GC1MVYP||488||24||5%|
|STS-107 Columbia (was Kennedy Space
|Wings Over Orlando||Virtual||GC4F78||710||20||3%|
|USA, all the way South||Virtual||GC2C32||2371||36||2%|
|That’s Some Whater, Eh? – TDR3v||Virtual||GC9F98||2153||21||1%|
Now, this analysis isn’t complete – a cache with one find and one favorite point has a 100% favorite factor. It’s probably useful to consider a more statistically significant sample of caches that have, say, 25 finds or more, before considering them in this list, given the relatively low rate of marking caches as favorites. But I bet the result would be the same – the easy-to-find vacation virtuals would go to the bottom of the list and the mysteries, multis, and Wherigos would float to the top.