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017
018package org.apache.commons.math3.stat.ranking;
019
020/**
021 * Interface representing a rank transformation.
022 *
023 * @since 2.0
024 * @version $Id: RankingAlgorithm.java 1416643 2012-12-03 19:37:14Z tn $
025 */
026public interface RankingAlgorithm {
027    /**
028     * <p>Performs a rank transformation on the input data, returning an array
029     * of ranks.</p>
030     *
031     * <p>Ranks should be 1-based - that is, the smallest value
032     * returned in an array of ranks should be greater than or equal to one,
033     * rather than 0. Ranks should in general take integer values, though
034     * implementations may return averages or other floating point values
035     * to resolve ties in the input data.</p>
036     *
037     * @param data array of data to be ranked
038     * @return an array of ranks corresponding to the elements of the input array
039     */
040    double[] rank (double[] data);
041}