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With the exceptions mentioned below, the sums are added within each category, multiplied by ten, and divided by the total number of questions within the category.
Authoritarian regimes are nations where political pluralism has vanished or is extremely limited.
Flawed democracies are nations where elections are fair and free and basic civil liberties are honored but may have issues (e.g. Nonetheless, these nations have significant faults in other democratic aspects, including underdeveloped political culture, low levels of participation in politics, and issues in the functioning of governance.
Hybrid regimes are nations where consequential irregularities exist in elections regularly preventing them from being fair and free.
Finally, the Democracy Index, rounded to two decimals, decides the regime type classification of the country.
The report discusses other indices of democracy, as defined e.g.