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A ranking system for comparing models' performance combining multiple statistical criteria and scenarios: The case of reference evapotranspiration models

Aschonitis, V.G., Lekakis, E., Tziachris, P., Doulgeris, C., Papadopoulos, F., Papadopoulos, A., Papamichail, D.
Environmental modelling & software 2019 v.114 pp. 98-111
data collection, evapotranspiration, models
The aim of this study is to propose a new system for ranking models' performance. The system is based on the standardized Ranking Performance Index (sRPI), which combines the results of any number and type of criteria from different simulation scenarios. The sRPI ranges between 0 and 1 (1 for the best and 0 for the worst performing model) based on the relative distance of models' accuracy. The sRPI is also combined with an additional index called RCI (Ranking Criteria Index) that identifies which criteria are the most and the least representative for a specific dataset/scenario. The presentation of sRPI methodology is performed comparing ten reference evapotranspiration models using a large list of statistical criteria for both daily and monthly steps. The sRPI methodology could significantly reduce the complexity to evaluate models' performance based on multiple scenarios and can identify the most descriptive criteria reducing their overuse in modelling studies.