FAQs & Footnotes
Want to know more about the Applause Index? Check out the below footnotes and points of clarification.
- App store categories and the sub-indices: Because the two app stores in the Applause Index (Apple App Store & Google Play) use different taxonomies to describe their many categories, the Applause Index categories were created to create similarly titled sub-indices. These sub-indices fold in representative apps from related categories to allow for consistency of comparison between iOS and Android at the category level.
- Overlap in the Applause Index top 60: The team behind the Applause Index ensured there is 100% overlap between the top 60 iOS and Android apps. This ensures the ability to compare user satisfaction between iOS and Android and, more importantly, eliminated any possibility of selection bias.
- Lack of complete overlap in the sub-indices: There is not 100% overlap among all the iOS and Android sub-indices. This is because, in some cases, as we dove deeper into the long-tail of the categories, the differences between iOS and Android became more meaningful.
- Scores and Weighting: The Applause Index scores are more than just a sum of the respective apps’ Applause Scores. Individual apps are weighted using a proprietary method that takes into account the number of downloads and number of reviews for each app.
- Updates: The Applause Index updates individual Applause scores and weights each day. App selection for the Applause Index is formally reviewed quarterly.
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