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Re: Games of the XXIX Olympiad
« Reply #30 on: August 13, 2008, 11:42:14 am »
So then if some country only focuses on one event and wins gold it gets a percentage of 100...?

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Re: Games of the XXIX Olympiad
« Reply #31 on: August 13, 2008, 11:46:46 am »
Placid, why use percentages, and why use them in that manner? It curiously punishes countries that excell while rewards countries that lag. If one country has 500 atheletes of comparable quality and skill to another countries 20, why should the gold medals that the former wins be presented as having less worth than the gold medals of the latter?

An alternate method of percentages would be to have medals won out of total possible. That is, if there are 200 events at the olympics and a country wins 50 gold medals, then they have a 25% gold medal rate. Perfectly equitable.

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Re: Games of the XXIX Olympiad
« Reply #32 on: August 13, 2008, 01:42:10 pm »
Or instead of the total events at the Olympics, total events the country has competed in.  Meaning total medals won over total number of medals they competed for.  This way, the country is not penalized for an event they did not partake in.

That's probably the best way to put it, at least that I can think of at the moment.

or maybe a weight function of sorts.

something like

Total Athletes for country / total medals available in all events = weight for the country. (a)
Medals Won / Total Medals = % of total medals won (b)

(a) x (b) = weighted win percentage. 

Adds to the comparability between countries of different size and representation.

That formula could be flawed as I am not a statistician, mathematician, etc
« Last Edit: August 13, 2008, 02:11:20 pm by placidchap »

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Re: Games of the XXIX Olympiad
« Reply #33 on: August 13, 2008, 01:51:02 pm »
Ahaha! The USA just PWNED France in swimming, after France mad an arrogant comment that 'they joined to crush the Americans.'

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Re: Games of the XXIX Olympiad
« Reply #34 on: August 13, 2008, 02:12:27 pm »
Ahaha! The USA just PWNED France in swimming, after France mad an arrogant comment that 'they joined to crush the Americans.'

Since when is trash talk something new?

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Re: Games of the XXIX Olympiad
« Reply #35 on: August 13, 2008, 02:18:47 pm »
Doesn't mean its any less funny when it happens.

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Re: Games of the XXIX Olympiad
« Reply #36 on: August 13, 2008, 02:27:32 pm »
Since when is trash talk something new?

Probably circa 700 BCE.

"O men of Olympus, listen to us, the Atheneans. We have joined these sacred games in the sight of the mighty gods, whom men honor, to crush the Spartans!"

Indeed, let us compare the visual evidence:




I dunno about you, but I certainly see the similarities. Phelps just needs a beard and a cape.

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Re: Games of the XXIX Olympiad
« Reply #37 on: August 13, 2008, 02:41:37 pm »
...and a sword, an arrow in his chest, and a dead army behind him.

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Re: Games of the XXIX Olympiad
« Reply #38 on: August 14, 2008, 03:09:51 am »
Hell, he's in good enough shape. If he had a beard, he probably could have been part of the team that hid in the Trojan horse.

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Re: Games of the XXIX Olympiad
« Reply #39 on: August 14, 2008, 02:30:57 pm »
Ahaha! The USA just PWNED France in swimming, after France mad an arrogant comment that 'they joined to crush the Americans.'

Since when is trash talk something new?

Doesn't mean its any less funny when it happens.

My point exactly.

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Re: Games of the XXIX Olympiad
« Reply #41 on: August 20, 2008, 02:56:00 am »
Lo Lo Jones reminded me of this:

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Re: Games of the XXIX Olympiad
« Reply #42 on: August 20, 2008, 03:52:48 am »
Along w/that not complying w/the img tags, Kebrel...

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Re: Games of the XXIX Olympiad
« Reply #43 on: August 20, 2008, 04:04:50 am »
I see it fine, well heres another location


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Re: Games of the XXIX Olympiad
« Reply #44 on: August 22, 2008, 11:16:30 pm »