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Re: Top 50
like i said, computer generated statistics are meaningless, thanks for
helping me make my point.
united co-op band (crewe)
In a message dated 24/10/1997 18:45:46, you write:
<< The important thing to remember about this list is that is based
purely on contest results. I think the system is based on the same
formula for calculating professional golf rankings and each band has a
certain number of ranking points each month, which are derived from
contest results over a rolling 3 year period. POints are allocated
using a very complex system taking into account strength of field,
number of bands, etc. Most recently, Wingates came 2nd (this in itself
is probably responsible for a huge jump up the table) at the All England
Masters, Dyke didn't play. The Open was postponed this year which gave
all Open bands a disadvantage.
It's part of the old question again - contests versus concerts.
Statistically, between October 1994 and October 1997, Wingates have had
more contest successes than Black Dyke, therefore they are higher than
them in the table. Dyke do not enter many contests, therefore despite
the fact that they are the most famous band in the world, they will
never feature particularly highly in the rankings, unless they do
something really spectacular like taking the Grand Slam as they did in
To save argument, look at it like this. Instead of saying 'Dyke are
the 9th best band in the country' say 'Dyke has the 9th best record of
contest results over the last 3 years in the country'. Even though it's
a bit of a mouthful.
Tim Morgan, Bass Trombone, Woolley Pritchard Sovereign Brass. >>
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