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Monday, July 08, 2013

US v Peer Nations WOC rankings

 

Peer nation standings after the long qualification, sprint qualification and sprint finals races:

Portugal
New Zealand
Belgium
Ireland
USA, Canada, Japan are all tied

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posted by Michael | 8:03 PM

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Sunday, July 07, 2013

Final JWOC peer nations ranking

 

After the JWOC relays, I came up with my final JWOC peer nation rankings.

New Zealand 96
Ireland 83
Belgium 71
Japan 69
Portugal 67
USA
Can 46

The scores can be interpreted as the chance that a matched runner from the nation will beat the matched runner from the U.S.  "Matched runners" are the runners from each nation who are best or 2nd best or 3rd best and so on, in each event.  For example, the 3rd best result from New Zealand in the sprint is "matched" against the 3rd best result from the U.S.  If you look at all of the matches, you'd find that New Zealand would win about 96 percent of those matches against the U.S.

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posted by Michael | 11:08 AM

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Friday, July 05, 2013

JWOC peer nation rankings...no changes after sprint

 

After today's JWOC sprint there are no changes in the overall peer nation rankings:

New Zealand
Ireland
Japan
Belgium
Portugal
USA
Canada

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posted by Michael | 8:29 PM

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Thursday, July 04, 2013

Portugal moves up in my JWOC rankings

 

Based on the middle distance finals at JWOC, Portugal moved up a notch (after being tied with USA going into the middle finals).  The key for Portugal was having one A qualifier in the men's race and 2 B qualifiers in the women's race.

The overall rankings haven't changed except for Portugal's move:

New Zealand
Ireland
Japan
Belgium
Portugal
USA
Canada

While the overall rankings haven't changed, things have gotten just a little bit tighter.

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posted by Michael | 11:03 AM

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Tuesday, July 02, 2013

After 2 days...JWOC peer nation rankings

 

Here are my "peer nation" rankings after the first two days of the JWOC.

New Zealand
Ireland
Japan
Belgium
USA and Portugal (tie)
Canada

Both Beligium and Portugal suffered from a number of DQs in the long event.

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posted by Michael | 8:53 PM

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Monday, July 01, 2013

First look at JWOC results and peer nations

 

I took a look at the JWOC results by looking at the U.S. and my list of "peer nations" after the first day's race.  You can read a bit of background on the peer nations approach.  Keep in mind that I've updated my nations list a bit since 2004.  My current groups is: Belgium, Canada, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand and Portugal.

I calculated a U.S. win/loss record for the long distance race and I'll keep track of the results as more races occur (and probably post them eventually).

One of the reasons I like looking at peer nation results is that I notice things I wouldn't otherwise notice.  At today's JWOC race, for example, Japan had three runners in the top 100.  That seems like a pretty good result.

Though it has never caught on, I think the peer nations approach is a good way to look at overall performance and would be a good way of looking at how the US performance has changed over the years.  Personally, I think that it would make a good way of setting and measuring goals...except it hasn't every gotten any traction and it doesn't make sense to set goals that nobody but me pays attention to.

You can see some discussion of the US performance at today's race on Attackpoint where a number of posters are coming up with measures.

It is also worth a look at the goals that were posted before the JWOC began.    I'm not a fan of those specific goals, though I like the idea that:

...we want to state overall performance goals for JWOC tonight, then figure out what we need to do to get to those goals, and put them aside and not discuss them until after JWOC.  Instead, we'll be focusing on the process goals...


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posted by Michael | 8:36 PM

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