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by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Mon Nov 16, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: "Viral" maths problem
Replies: 13
Views: 753

Re: "Viral" maths problem

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Mon Nov 16, 2020 12:45 pm
But because it's debatable and not everyone would agree, no-one should ever write a formula like that.
This is the only correct answer.
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Sun Oct 25, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Re: Ticket #5803: ZoomDown - evidence of potential cheating
Replies: 72
Views: 4552

Re: Re: Ticket #5803: ZoomDown - evidence of potential cheating

I’m not sure why the tried and tested method for playing along, namely pen and paper, should be seen as unideal? I want to question the assumption that pen and paper is the tried and tested method. When playing along with the TV, or playing on Apterous, or playing in the studio, I exclusively work ...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Sat Oct 24, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: What is the best order in which to learn words?
Replies: 10
Views: 672

Re: What is the best order in which to learn words?

(It's far from being ready to publish, very buggy and crappy UI, but it does the job I need it to!) I particularly enjoyed SelectListActivity. In seriousness though, this is really cool to see, and thank you so much for sharing it! Once upon a time I considered making an all-in-one learning tool li...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Fri Oct 23, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: What is the best order in which to learn words?
Replies: 10
Views: 672

Re: What is the best order in which to learn words?

Personally, I've estimated my own ratios of 3/4/5, then exported a list to a deck of flashcards Anki, which is a really really brilliant app for learning stuff. Each day, you do your flashcards and note how easy you found them, then it essentially reminds you of information just at the point where ...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Fri Oct 23, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: What is the best order in which to learn words?
Replies: 10
Views: 672

Re: What is the best order in which to learn words?

(using a usefulness metric that is superior to just 'this was a max x many times' because it includes information about whether other more useful words are available in the same round). This is the methodology I was trying to summarise in the first part of my post before pointing out its shortcomin...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Fri Oct 23, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: What is the best order in which to learn words?
Replies: 10
Views: 672

What is the best order in which to learn words?

This question is triggered in part by Jack's thread about the pattern for letters max progression. I don't know the answer. In that thread, Jack suggests that a good way to learn words is to first learn the word that appears as a max most often, then the word that appears as a max most often in roun...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Thu Oct 22, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: ...and that's ZoomDown
Replies: 69
Views: 4569

Re: ...and that's ZoomDown

JackHurst wrote:
Thu Oct 22, 2020 3:12 pm
If I come back on can I have a harder draw please? I don't think Conor then Luke then Rex is difficult enough to give me a real challenge.
Is Rob good enough for you?
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Thu Oct 22, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You've just been made producer of Countdown...
Replies: 54
Views: 3753

Re: You've just been made producer of Countdown...

Paul Anderson wrote:
Thu Oct 22, 2020 10:24 am
Let the picker choose the length of the letters rounds, 9-18 letters, double points for anything over an 8.
Next ZD special?
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Sat Oct 17, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Letters Max Progression (Featuring graphs)
Replies: 13
Views: 1027

Re: Letters Max Progression (Featuring graphs)

JackHurst wrote:
Sat Oct 17, 2020 5:21 pm
By the way, bonus points for those who can correctly identify the graphs above.
Players 1, 2 and 3 are Jack Worsley, Rob Foster and Elliott Mellor. Working on the others!

Edit: Player 4 is Jonathan Wynn.
Edit 2: Player 5 is Zarte SIempre.
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Sat Oct 17, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Letters Max Progression (Featuring graphs)
Replies: 13
Views: 1027

Re: Letters Max Progression (Featuring graphs)

I think the graph is probably closer to something like 1 - k^n for some k slightly smaller than 1, rather than something like log(n). At least, this is true under the (completely false) simplification where each word appears as a max with fixed probability independently of all other words, and with ...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Mon Oct 12, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Track and Field Athletics
Replies: 35
Views: 3314

Re: Track and Field Athletics

When it comes to long jump (and triple jump for those that consider it a non joke event) it would be nice if the measurement was from take off to landing. Some big jumps were from before the plasticine mark Ian's "jumping over a river" analogy is good here too. If you take off from before the edge ...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Sat Oct 10, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 232
Views: 21548

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

In fairness, Rhys was just responding to the request to summarise the article, and it's probably spelled out in there, although I'm not a subscriber so I haven't read it.
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Fri Oct 09, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: I keep getting logged out of c4c on my mobile phone
Replies: 7
Views: 780

Re: I keep getting logged out of c4c on my mobile phone

I haven't had any problems with being logged out on either my phone or my laptop.
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Fri Oct 09, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 749
Views: 195348

Re: Politics in General

Sam Cappleman-Lynes wrote:
Thu Oct 08, 2020 10:00 pm
Well, it worked out my actual job, so...
Update - about half of my company (who do roughly the same job as me) are getting told they are suited to professional sports, and, in particular, boxing.
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Thu Oct 08, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 749
Views: 195348

Re: Politics in General

Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Thu Oct 08, 2020 9:31 pm
This is hilariously terrible. Apparently I should be a head chef, a chef, or a cake decorator. Yeah... no. https://beta.nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/
Well, it worked out my actual job, so...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Thu Oct 08, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 7th October 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 130)
Replies: 8
Views: 676

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 7th October 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 130)

I'm not sure Rachel should give clues by saying "That's a good start" when someone starts their numbers solution. It's not really a clue though is it? Clearly they already think it's a good start or they wouldn't have gone that way. Well, they might be unsure, and she only says it when she's seen h...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Thu Oct 08, 2020 9:14 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 7th October 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 130)
Replies: 8
Views: 676

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 7th October 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 130)

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Thu Oct 08, 2020 8:17 pm
I'm not sure Rachel should give clues by saying "That's a good start" when someone starts their numbers solution.
It's not really a clue though is it? Clearly they already think it's a good start or they wouldn't have gone that way.
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Wed Oct 07, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 6th October 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 129)
Replies: 8
Views: 646

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 6th October 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 129)

Also, how come Macaroni as in the penguin isn't in Lexico at all? Seems to be an omission... reckon that could be pluralised if it was in, restaurant rule or otherwise :D https://www.lexico.com/definition/macaroni_penguin Presumably the plural is "macaroni penguins", but even if you wanted to use a...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Tue Oct 06, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 6th October 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 129)
Replies: 8
Views: 646

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 6th October 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 129)

The plural is specified in the dictionary as macaronies.
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Tue Oct 06, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 232
Views: 21548

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

This new detail is being reported on in - correct me if I'm wrong - every major media outlet. What exactly do you want to happen?
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Tue Oct 06, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 232
Views: 21548

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Rhys Benjamin wrote: Last edited by Rhys Benjamin on Tue Oct 06, 2020 11:15 am, edited 1 time in total.
Classic Dom.
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Mon Oct 05, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 232
Views: 21548

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

The worst thing about this is the media are not camping outside her home and hounding her day and night I haven't seen reporters doorstepping her 24/7, reporters harassing her family for more information or Led By Donkeys blasting a video on her street for all her neighbours to hear. Odd as, as I s...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Mon Oct 05, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 232
Views: 21548

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

In addition to all of the other points that have been raised, the Cummings story ran for days and days because there were new developments happening all the time. "Cummings went to Durham", "Boris knew that Cummings went to Durham", "Boris says he's satisfied with the explanation for Cummings's Durh...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Mon Sep 28, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 722
Views: 180098

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Phil Reynolds wrote:
Mon Sep 28, 2020 5:05 pm
"Similarly spelt words in English pronounced differently" shock.
Well, you started it:
Phil Reynolds wrote:
Fri Sep 25, 2020 10:59 pm
Noel Mc wrote:
Fri Sep 25, 2020 10:26 pm
What other way is it pronounced??
Mary, the way it's spelled. Rhymes with hairy.
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Mon Sep 28, 2020 6:52 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 722
Views: 180098

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Phil Reynolds wrote:
Sun Sep 27, 2020 11:56 pm
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sun Sep 27, 2020 5:33 pm
Looks to me like it's spelt to rhyme with Ferrari.
Whereas it looks to me like it's spelled to rhyme with wary.
What about Gary?
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Sun Sep 27, 2020 8:00 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 282
Views: 45774

Re: You Are The Ref

I can't remember the exact wording of the rules, but I always thought the opposite of Graeme here. I though there was a rule saying that the shuffle only has one valid anagram unless it has 2 in which case the shuffle itself will be one of those anagrams. FWIW here are the rules they sent me earlie...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Sat Sep 26, 2020 8:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 232
Views: 21548

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sat Sep 26, 2020 8:32 pm
Or indeed if you are outside somewhere and bump into some other people. Could two groups of six who just happen to coincidentally encounter each other keep swapping members and changing which six people are in which group?
Priti Patel would report you to the police for doing this.
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 395
Views: 145095

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:55 pm
When is this guy going to make his debut?
Never heard of him.

(I think what happened is that I signed up intending to join my local one at the time but then realised I couldn't actually be bothered cycling 5 miles across town just to get to the start line)
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:52 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 395
Views: 145095

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

David Williams wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:29 am
Anyone can run any parkrun course any time they want in perfect safety.
They can, but won't. The real attraction of parkrun for most people is the competitive aspect and group participation that gets them running when they wouldn't otherwise be motivated to.
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Mon Sep 14, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Apterous terms of service
Replies: 0
Views: 761

Apterous terms of service

So according to this post , Apterous has terms of service, and presumably I agreed to them when creating an account. I've been away for a while and I'd like to be able to read what I signed up for, just to make sure that I haven't agreed to be an indentured servant to the Reams household or anything...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Mon Sep 07, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1465
Views: 354227

Re: Ask Graeme?

I also did the same thing for the Nasty large numbers: 4 Large - 27492: 316 = ((62 * 12 - 1) * 37 + 1) / 87 3 Large - 32451: 877 = ((62 * 6 + 1) * 87 - 2) / 37 2 Large - 22950: 918 = (62 * 37 * 10 + 10) / (5 * 5) 1 Large - 10440: 580 = 87 * 8 * (8 + 7) / (9 + 9) I briefly wondered what the results ...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Sun Sep 06, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: That cool thing about Apterous that you only just discovered...
Replies: 4
Views: 776

Re: That cool thing about Apterous that you only just discovered...

Better post this link then in case anyone else doesn't know all the keyboard shortcuts yet: https://www.apterous.org/help.php?page=65
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Sat Sep 05, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 3rd September 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 106)
Replies: 2
Views: 466

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 3rd September 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 106)

I have a confession to make. In R11 I had written down DICTATOR and only decided to go for TORNADIC (which I had not written down) because Jay declared DICTATOR and I couldn't be bothered showing him my paper. I expect Jono to write a strongly worded letter to Damian requesting that I be disqualifie...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Thu Sep 03, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 722
Views: 180098

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Thu Sep 03, 2020 4:37 pm
People don't care about other people's children. Everyone knows this until they have their own children for some reason.
After becoming a parent, I suddenly found that I was interested not only in my own child but also those of my friends. I think this experience isn't uncommon.
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Wed Sep 02, 2020 7:19 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021
Replies: 52
Views: 4418

Re: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021

On the Adele thing, I think it's the intention rather than the act itself which matters. It's the same as the difference between wearing a sari at a traditional Indian wedding (obviously appropriate) and wearing a sari at a fancy dress party because "haha wouldn't it be funny if I wore those funny c...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Tue Sep 01, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for 1st September 2020
Replies: 2
Views: 450

Re: Spoilers for 1st September 2020

Today's show actually had two conundrums. The first was ADDRESSEE (I can't remember the scramble) and Malcom buzzed in incorrectly with ADDRESSED. Instead of turning the bottom panel to reveal the INCORRECT graphic, it instead revealed the actual answer and we had to go again with a different conund...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Mon Aug 31, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021
Replies: 52
Views: 4418

Re: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021

Each time Rhys posts in this thread I do an even bigger face palm than before... But not when Sam posts?! Seriously, the stuff he is coming out with sounds like it is from a Monty Python sketch! I was actually only joking when I said "assuming she's black enough" about Naga Munchetty... This awful ...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Sat Aug 29, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021
Replies: 52
Views: 4418

Re: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021

I do worry that we’ll end up with Romesh Ranganathan and Nish Kumar, which may well be unwatchable. Probably not since neither of them are black. By the same token, Lewis Hamilton has a white mother. No, not relevant. Romesh Ranganathan has Sri Lankan heritage and Nish Kumar is of Indian descent. N...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Sat Aug 29, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021
Replies: 52
Views: 4418

Re: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021

I also generally think that the idea of explicitly separating people out into "races" can be counterproductive. I have an Indian father and am "non-white" but I don't spend any time thinking that I'm "different". Obviously that's not to say we should ignore racial prejudice by saying it can't exist...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Fri Aug 28, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021
Replies: 52
Views: 4418

Re: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021

Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Fri Aug 28, 2020 9:16 am
I do worry that we’ll end up with Romesh Ranganathan and Nish Kumar, which may well be unwatchable.
Probably not since neither of them are black.
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Thu Aug 27, 2020 5:16 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 27th August 2020
Replies: 10
Views: 1287

Re: Spoilers for 27th August 2020

Shout-out to today's MVP - the person who decided to edit out the cringeworthy TAIHOAED aftermath:

Nick: "How on earth did you know that?!"
Me: "I read it in the dictionary."
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Tue Aug 25, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What computer games have you been playing lately?
Replies: 52
Views: 11145

Re: What computer games have you been playing lately?

Marc Meakin wrote:
Mon Aug 24, 2020 5:20 pm
I had quite a few female Scrabble friends complaining about being harassed.
Ian Volante wrote:
Tue Aug 25, 2020 12:41 pm
Strange, nobody's spoken to me at all apart from a small amount of relevant in-game chat. What am I doing differently?
Emphasis mine.
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Tue Aug 25, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 21st August 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 97)
Replies: 5
Views: 819

Re: Spoilers for Friday 21st August 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 97)

Howie Myers wrote:
Tue Aug 25, 2020 9:54 am
just wondering, does anyone know whether there is an audience in the studio, or are they using "canned" applause?
No studio audience, but the crew are told to applaud at appropriate moments.
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Sat Aug 22, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 20th August 2020
Replies: 7
Views: 1177

Re: Spoilers for 20th August 2020

Tom S wrote:
Sat Aug 22, 2020 11:50 am
Ian Fitzpatrick wrote:
Sat Aug 22, 2020 11:41 am
Did Nick say he had beaten a 5 times winner to get there?
Yup.
Presumably by the transitive property of "beating at Countdown".
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Tue Aug 18, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1465
Views: 354227

Re: Ask Graeme?

Has there ever been an episode in the 15-round era in which every letters selection contained only 3 vowels?
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Fri Aug 14, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 14th August 2020
Replies: 3
Views: 680

Re: Spoilers for 14th August 2020

Does Phil get his own words? He seems to act like he does and if so he's really good. But I thought the facade might have slipped a bit today when he got INFECTUM and Susie said it doesn't mean what he might think and I thought he looked a bit embarrassed, and then in the next round he said OVER-OV...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Tue Aug 11, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 11th August 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 89)
Replies: 4
Views: 1108

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 11th August 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 89)

On Susie's OOW slot: who's going to tell her about this?
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Sat Aug 08, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Offensive Words
Replies: 57
Views: 6797

Re: Offensive Words

Regardless of your position about the offensiveness of a word taken out of context or used in a quotation, there is still a double standard here. Strong swear words are expressly forbidden before the watershed in any context but this word is not. Whatever process deemed the F-word unsuitable for bro...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Sat Aug 08, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Words and expressions that grind your gears
Replies: 28
Views: 3761

Re: Words and expressions that grind your gears

Marc Meakin wrote:
Sat Aug 08, 2020 7:58 am
Why do we say things like PIN number and ATM machines when the last word in both acronyms are the same ?
It's called RAS syndrome
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Thu Jul 30, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 282
Views: 45774

Re: You Are The Ref

This is a perfect example of why Nick should swap the order when asking for the words. If C1 is asked for their length first, and they're the same length, C2 should be asked for their word first. This is the system my wife and I use when we play against each other at home. We can't be bothered with...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Fri Jul 24, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 804
Views: 194537

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

I suppose the thing that annoys me about it is that people treat it like it's an objective thing. You might get a quiz question asking how many colours there are in the rainbow or what's the fifth colour etc. But these aren't proper facts about rainbows. Yeah, agreed. When I wrote a quiz recently t...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Thu Jul 23, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Series 82 Player Analysis and Ongoing Discussion Thread (Spoilerific!)
Replies: 10
Views: 1661

Re: Series 82 Player Analysis and Ongoing Discussion Thread (Spoilerific!)

Tom S wrote:
Wed Jul 22, 2020 11:06 am
Total Maxes: 98/120 (81.7%)
Are you sure? I just looked through the games on the wiki, and although I don't trust my count as I got different answers each time, I counted 95 the first time and 94 the second, both of which are quite far from 98.
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Wed Jul 22, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 804
Views: 194537

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Why is purple not one of the "official" named colours of the rainbow? If you look this up, you get answers like "There's no such thing as purple light." etc. But they're missing the point. Look at the last colour of the rainbow. It's purple. That's the colour it is. Indigo and violet aren't really ...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Wed Jul 22, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1465
Views: 354227

Re: Ask Graeme?

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Wed Jul 22, 2020 9:43 am
Next question - what is the correlation between octotal and standard deviation?
Very little correlation. The Spearman's rank coefficient comes out as -0.15, based on the data Graeme has provided.
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Wed Jul 22, 2020 7:37 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1465
Views: 354227

Re: Ask Graeme?

I don't actually think coefficient of variation is the best measure. If anything there's a ceiling effect which means that you'd expect lower variance with higher average score. This would probably be approximately true if 9 letter words didn't score double. There's also the differences between the...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Tue Jul 21, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1465
Views: 354227

Re: Ask Graeme?

reckon i'd be quite high up on your list sam, got a standard deviation of 4.95 and a higher mean than most of the people on that list Nice. Your higher mean brings the coefficient of variance down below both Tom's and Kai's. Looks like you and Hargreaves both have a range of 13 too, which is a good...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Tue Jul 21, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1465
Views: 354227

Re: Ask Graeme?

Which octochamp has the smallest range of scores? Which has the smallest coefficient of variation?
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Thu Jul 16, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1465
Views: 354227

Re: Ask Graeme?

I also did the same thing for the Nasty large numbers: 4 Large - 27492: 316 = ((62 * 12 - 1) * 37 + 1) / 87 3 Large - 32451: 877 = ((62 * 6 + 1) * 87 - 2) / 37 2 Large - 22950: 918 = (62 * 37 * 10 + 10) / (5 * 5) 1 Large - 10440: 580 = 87 * 8 * (8 + 7) / (9 + 9) I briefly wondered what the results w...