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    Her speed has been slower this year than maybe...

    Her speed has been slower this year than maybe the past two, although it can be hard to compare across years. Still, it seems that those who were projecting her to keep on getting better at a...
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    You can have an opinion but having an opinion on...

    You can have an opinion but having an opinion on how statistics is done is not really a thing. Having an opinion on what meaning you take from it certainly is 'a thing'.
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    Same holds for performer and in fact that was the...

    Same holds for performer and in fact that was the notion that was in my head. The reason frequency comes in is because there are so few opportunities and thus the observed times have a bias at the...
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    So you are going to compare the 1000th best...

    So you are going to compare the 1000th best 10,000 mark with the 1000th best 100m mark via some scoring table? Really? There are many dozens of opportunities for the sprinter's to get their best...
  5. I had a slightly different meaning; I thought the...

    I had a slightly different meaning; I thought the pending hearing was big news - the outcome certainly is big news. Vin, as I remember it, indicated that he was pretty sure of the outcome, although...
  6. I brought this up right after the Nuttycomb XC...

    I brought this up right after the Nuttycomb XC Invitational in Madison mid-October (i.e., that Lannana had told me at the meet that the hearing was going to be the following Monday (Oct 21, 2019) at...
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    It is fundamental, since the purpose underlying...

    It is fundamental, since the purpose underlying the question is to compare across events.
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    Was that really a 6.77m jump?

    Was that really a 6.77m jump?
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    But wind does, as does the frequency that you can...

    But wind does, as does the frequency that you can compete in an event, especially under good conditions (e.g., not hot for the distances). However, you also knock out races and horizontal jumps with...
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    If marks include ancillary marks, then field...

    If marks include ancillary marks, then field events have an advantage getting to 1000. Also, given the decreasing frequency with distance, the sprints have more advantages, and especially the...
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    Related question on tickets for the 2021 WCs. I...

    Related question on tickets for the 2021 WCs. I hope that I am going to stay at a nephew's house in Eugene, so might be there for the duration; what do I do for tickets for the WCs?
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    Certainly the logic of the Excel commands and...

    Certainly the logic of the Excel commands and likely even the particulars will work with other programs. I still have a 'forever' license from a while back that still works. Plus I will get my...
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    Given that he tested positive soon thereafter and...

    Given that he tested positive soon thereafter and the thinness of testing it seem somewhere between highly likely and virtually certain that he was doping when he threw the WR.
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    And those numbers include some things and exclude...

    And those numbers include some things and exclude others. Football and Basketball play a part in a lot of donations. They also probably play a part in legislative funding....
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    The T&FN rule is that if you have a drug DQ in...

    The T&FN rule is that if you have a drug DQ in the year, marks in that year 'do not count', which takes out Barnes' mark.
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    One trick I use can be down with names. 1 Sort...

    One trick I use can be down with names.

    1 Sort by name
    2 Have a column where the value equals (say) 1 when they are the same and 0 else, then 'hard code this cell [If An+1 = An, 1; else 0] (copy...
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    Not sure if you know how expensive it is to drive...

    Not sure if you know how expensive it is to drive in California. Back forty years ago my thesis advisor was paying more than $4000/year for car insurance (and I do not think that they had many...
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    I guess you do not live in New York City. Even...

    I guess you do not live in New York City. Even in Madison I know people that have never driven and others that no longer drive. And in not that many years I think that there are a lot more people...
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    One problem I have with these sorts, in general,...

    One problem I have with these sorts, in general, is any discrepancy in the name, including spacing will typically result in them being taken as separate 'individuals'. A related common problem is...
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    The drop in high school numbers in football will...

    The drop in high school numbers in football will be larger, in percentage terms, than the drop in the number of top football players, especially those on the line, but also the stars. I do not think...
  21. WADA Committee Recommends Russia Face New Olympic Ban

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/25/sports/russia-wada-olympics.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage
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    And Seig Lindstrom is dancing tonight; his...

    And Seig Lindstrom is dancing tonight; his Pomona-Pitzer team won their first National Championship in the DIII Men's race.
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    Monson ran a good but not good enough race on the...

    Monson ran a good but not good enough race on the men's side, losing to the slight favorite Kelati. Who would have thought that of the four favorites (individual/team, men/women) the one that did not...
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    Agree, Tuariki

    Agree, Tuariki
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    Men's SP, w400h (a very close race with a WR, why...

    Men's SP, w400h (a very close race with a WR, why is the men's 400h better than this race, even the time was not particularly good given the competitors, whereas in the w400h we got the #1 and #3...
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