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Thursday, July 24, 2008

WOC batting averages

I calculated "batting averages" for qualifying for WOC finals for the US and the peer nations. "Batting average" is the number of times each nation made a final (for the period of 2003-2008) divided by the number of opportunities to make a final.

Take 2008 as an example. There were qualifying races for the sprint, middle, and long finals. Each nation could enter 3 men and 3 women in each qualifying event. So there were 18 opportunities to make a final in 2008. If a nation had one man and one woman qualify for each discipline, that'd be 6 qualifiers. So the "batting average" is 6/18 = .333

I began by looking at the US and the peer nations as a group. The peer nations are Belgium, New Zealand, Portugal, Canada, Ireland, and Japan. The batting average for the entire group is .085

New Zealand has, by a good bit, the best batting average at .265

Here are the batting averages for the other nations:

USA .039 Belgium .069 Portugal .010 Canada .108 Ireland .010 Japan .098