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Suggested Idea for Performance Grading

Posted By: Rick Janowski
Date: Friday, 3 October 2014, at 6:43 p.m.

In Response To: Suggested Idea for Performance Grading (Keene)

I agree that ideally results (or other win-rate related criteria like Elo rating) are the best way of measuring success. Results are the output in the process whereas error rate (or pr) is only an input (though I think obviously the most important one). The difficulty with using win-rate as a measure in backgammon is that it needs a very large sample size to be reliable. Even when this large sample size is available, ongoing improvements in a playerís level of play will usually be shrouded. As a measuring device itís a bit too crude to pick up say an elo rating difference of say 50 (equivalent to pr difference of 1.5). Error rate, in comparison has much smaller variance making it a much more useful measuring tool for small differences.

Error Rates used by Snowie or Gnu can be approximated to equivalent prs and vice versa, and similarly whatever measurement adopted by a new bot can be dealt with by recalibrating the norm levels. We are not stuck with any bot really, but merely using the best tools currently available.

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