Let’s take the case of a class of students who’re being given ranks based on the marks they got in English.
The person with 100/100 is first, the one with 99/100 is second and the one with 98/100 is third. Easy peasy.
Now, let’s say two people get 97/100: they are tied at fourth place.
Some ranking methods will treat the chap with 96/100 as ranked fifth, but other methods use a different system. What happens with these is that they will ‘skip’ the fifth rank and instead give the 96/100 the sixth position.
What precisely is the logic here? The kid scored a 96, which definitely is the fifth highest in class, so why does he get sixth place?
Also, and this is more of an IMHO, which method seems more logical to you? I personally don’t get the ‘skipping’ method at all. Someone explain it to me, please.