Thursday, June 25, 2015

More Difficulty = Better Execution Score? - The 2014 AA Edition

Let's face it, gym fans. We're human. We like to find examples and then make sweeping generalizations.

The relationship between difficulty scores and execution scores is no exception. Many gymnastics fans feel that judges are more lenient on difficult routines and reward the big Ds with high execution scores.

I was curious about this theory of ours. So, after the 2013 Worlds, I looked at the data from the qualifying rounds to see whether there was a correlation between difficulty and execution, and generally speaking, there wasn't a strong correlation.

This year, I decided to look at a smaller sample of scores. I focused on what happens when the best-of-the-best compete against each other during the all-around finals. So, I ran the data from the all-around final in Nanning.

And for those who like tl;dr statements, here you go: once again, the results were similar. Typically, there isn't a strong relationship between D-scores and E-scores. In other words, more difficulty does not equal higher execution scores – with a few exceptions.

Let's take a look.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Why I'm Confused by UCLA's Crowdfunding Campaign

Watch the video for yourself

This level of fluff might fly with wealthy donors in L.a. L.a. Land, but we, the gymternet, are smarter than this. When things don't add up, we notice, and we respond. Let's break this down… 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sexy Data Dump

During the World Championships, I made many, many charts for GymCastic, and they need to live somewhere. So, why not my blog?

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1. A breakdown of the execution scores during the men's all-around.