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Beitostølen FIS Race Recap: Women

Continuing on from earlier today, we’ll turn to the North American women’s results from Saturday’s classic race in Beitostølen, Norway. As before, we’ll start with just a rough look at FIS points: Once again, I’ll repeat my caution about how seriously these folks may or may not have been taking these races, having just arrived […]

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Beitostølen FIS Race Recap: Men

A number of Americans and Canadians participated in some big FIS races in Beitostølen, Norway this past weekend. Not all the results have migrated over to the FIS site yet, so I’m just going to focus on the classic distance races from Saturday. We should keep in mind throughout that, from what I’ve read, many […]

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Distributed Sprint Points

Earlier this week I introduced an idea I had for calculating a points-like measure for sprint racing that was applicable beyond the qualification round.  You can go back and review the methodology here. In this post I’d like to revisit this idea and look at how these new points look when ranking athletes.  First, I […]

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EqPB: Test Run

Last week I ranted a bit about the inadequacies of F-factors[1. The scaling factor FIS uses to adjust FIS points depending on whether the race was an interval or mass start.].  We looked at the results from interval vs. mass start races and determined that they do indeed produce different distributions of percent back’s (PB’s). […]

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How I Learned To Start Worrying and Hate the F-Factor (Part 2)

Previously, I described some problems with using percent back (PB) as a basis for comparing race performances.  Namely, mass start and interval start races produce very different types of PB’s.  In this post we’ll briefly consider whether this problem is actually worth worrying about and then I’ll finish with a simple solution.

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How I Learned to Start Worrying and Hate the F-Factor (Part 1)

This topic is going to be somewhat more technical than usual.  It involves some inside baseball, to mix sports metaphors, so if the nitty gritty details of FIS point calculations don’t strike you as an exciting page turner, you’ve been warned!  However, if you stick with me, you’ll learn how brutally stupid FIS’s F-factor adjustments […]

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