Commonly found in school play yards where team captains alternate choosing members one at a time, each time choosing the best member out of the group until there is no one left out of those wanting to play.
I am looking for a word that is not necessary related to two teams but could relate to a a bunch of people being ordered by selecting one at a time using a criteria resulting in the sorting of the individuals using that criteria from best to worst.
The girls in class created a list of the most popular boys in class to the least popular by selecting the most popular boy at a time from the remaining group until none were left.
This selection/removal from the group one at a time is called?
I want to find a words I can use to describe societal selection criteria made by humans e.g. how jobs are filled etc , online dating behavior etc.
If I use the words "ranked selection" it sounds more mathematical which I am not trying to convey.
It is in the same family as "natural selection" but this is not natural selection but selection based on what today's society values. There is nothing natural about it and for example in job interviews they don't quantify ability by testing them but instead go on their gut based on visual looking at person and social interaction. Same with dating, where people don't like at what people like and do personality matching but instead go on looks. I am looking for a word that doesn't describe the single selection criteria of the person hiring or the person choosing a profile in online dating but the net ordered selection effect of everyone, unbeknownst to each other, using the same technique