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Writing Challenge Statistics

Discussion in 'Writing Challenges' started by The Judge, Sep 4, 2013.

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    DG Jones

    DG Jones Partying like it's 1999 - I mean, 2000 - posts

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    Wonderful, excellent, fabulous work, VB.

    You utter geek.
     
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    Jo Zebedee

    Jo Zebedee Come away, oh human child - Waters and the Wild

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    Very fantastic. (Can't I be a Z? To make the stats completer?
     
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    Venusian Broon

    Venusian Broon Defending the SF genre with terminal intensity

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    Next time I do it, I intend to squeeze in discussion of normal distributions and standard deviations...
     
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    Venusian Broon

    Venusian Broon Defending the SF genre with terminal intensity

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    That opens up a whole can of worms :D

    I was swivering on all the names starting with 'The' and not placing them in 'T', but in the end choosing a determiner makes it a distinctive name. The Judge is the judge not just any old judge. For example. ;)
     
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    Culhwch

    Culhwch Lost Boy Staff Member

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    Who knew statistics was the global pastime of Venus?

    Amazing job, VB!
     
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    HareBrain

    HareBrain Big Rabbit of Chrons Staff Member

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    It's statistical interpretation that's their real passion, hence the song "Venus Infers".
     
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    The Judge

    The Judge Truth. Order. Moderation. Staff Member

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    Golly gosh! How wonderful are these graphy things!!

    Damn right, she ain't.

    I was going to ask about the names thing, wondering if I were a T or a J, so that's answered. But isn't there a statistical problem with the Best Initial To Have graph? Which, if I'm right, means you're misleading newbies as to the power of names, and could lay you open to legal action notwithstanding your poorly-drafted disclaimer (using the word "instant" for success suggests you do guarantee eventual success ;)). I was looking at the huge lead the "U"s have for the 300 Worder and trying to recall who was included in that apart from Ursa. And the answer is no one -- he's the only U to have entered the 300s. So (if I'm understanding the graph right!) if someone called Unicornus had entered last quarter and received no votes, that 40 votes average would presumably be reduced (to 20?). Would it be a more accurate measure of letter-power if the total votes for the initial were to be divided by its total entries? Of course, that doesn't help with the fact some members have wilfully changed their names during the course of the Challenges. Some of the J votes for Jo should be reassigned to the Ss since she was Springs1971/Springs for a goodly while, and if my sums are correct I think you've already moved Perp back to the Ps thought he was a T for at least part of last year.

    Another interesting factoid is that Science Fiction of Fantasy as genre might have pulled a third of the total, but that's largely because in the first year there were 9 consecutive Challenges with it. Can we get Bob the Accountant to do a trends graph, showing which genres are increasing in popularity as the Challenges have progressed?

    My absolute favourite graph is the Don't Give Up one, which is marvellous. I'm considering whether we should send it to every newbie entering the Challenges.

    Anyway, my congrats to Bob for his hard work. He can have a custard cream from the Staff Room supply. (The one with the damaged corner where it fell on the floor and got hit with the Iron Maiden when we were enlarging the dungeon complex. The spikes sticking out of it are perfectly harmless. We think.)
     
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    Juliana

    Juliana will write for cups of tea

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    Fabulous work , O Venusian One. Am very impressed. I applaud your efforts. But not your spiders, which you can keep.
     
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    Venusian Broon

    Venusian Broon Defending the SF genre with terminal intensity

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    We've been trying to suggest to them to move, perhaps a nice spot on Pluto...but they can be very persuasive when they've wiped out your escort in a 7 legged plasma frenzy...
     
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    Venusian Broon

    Venusian Broon Defending the SF genre with terminal intensity

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    I did put a caveat at the end of it :)

    In that some might see it as a challenge for "initial glory" :whistle:

    Very astute. I like the idea too. I shall divide Bob's custard reward in two for not doing that. {Memo to treen high command: when attempting to conquer Earth, watch very closely the beings who designate themselves affiliated to the lawyers and the law profession}

    Yes some of the initials are dominated by individuals (you won'the need three guesses to imagine who the 'H' was on the 75 worder. )

    Amother excellent idea. I shall threaten Bob with flaying if he doesn't come up with a way of doing that...

    However as I am sure you are aware, this month's genre has reverted to mean, so to speak...:D (The power of mathematics eh!)

    I shall pass it on to him, he won't mind the metal, I'm sure he will come up with a way of claiming the discomfort as an expense in next year's tax return.
     
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