This year’s roller derby World Cup in Manchester, England, has been overshadowed by controversy over its complex team ranking and seeding system.
Fortunately, social media surveys have shown that the event is overwhelmingly attended by statistics experts, all of whom could have easily come up with a much better system.
Czech Me Out from Team Whatislava commented:
“I definitely could have come up with something better if anyone had asked for my opinion. I mean, I don’t know if I would have actually wanted to put in the time to do it. And maybe I would need to know more about like maths and stuff. But I still think I could have done a better job.”
Dutch Majal, fan of Team Netherlands, commented:
“Why didn’t they just do like that system that they often do. You know?”
Norse Job from Team Arendelle commented:
“I never thought about different ranking systems and their pros and cons before today, but now I am outraged.”
Canadian fan Omnomnom de plume commented:
“They should have used chi-square. That’s a thing, right? Or maybe a bell curve.”
An anonymous team coach commented:
“Our team didn’t really care until we saw that this system didn’t put us in first place.
We didn’t pay attention to these details in the run-up to the event and we don’t care what other factors are taken into account, this is about us right now.”
Hakuna Patata from Team Nuevo Rico commented:
“With 38 teams, they just needed a 38-tiered approach.”
Most people commented:
“Maths is scary. Make it go away.”
Count von Count, the creator of the ranking system, commented:
“Look guys, it’s really simple: teams play several games in a circle and then we combine the relative strengths with information from a team poll about which teams they thought were the coolest and using point ratios and a least-squares minimisation with ranking S-curve and has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?”
“And obviously all of this is subject to change if you complain hard enough.”