Bet on Adam and Kyrie and bet against Paula and Roy
Note: All information below is based on data before the 10/09/2010
To quickly get everyone up to speed:
- There's a public radio game show called Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
- Someone has created a WWDTM database
- Found out about the database from Popehat.
I decided to pull some numbers and see if anything interesting popped out. Not really, so feel free to stop reading here.
I pulled game totals for the panelists with the most number of appearances -- after Provenza, the next most appearances was 14. Database includes number of points everyone scored per game, so that's something you could play around with. Or maybe review for shows recorded in Chicago versus those not and create home and away statistics. I won't be doing either of those.
Also of potential interest is how well the panelists do in the final round -- who can hold onto a lead and who comes from behind. But the ability to suss that out looks to be outside the realm of the database.
What I would like to see in the database is Bluff the Listener data. I'd like to know how well these guys bluff. And what happens when they have the real answer versus when they don't. Maybe I'll try to work on this.
Number of games played
Basic stuff: numbers 1st, 2nd, and 3rd; and total games played. Ties are a separate column in the database; here, I've combined them. So Charlie Pierce's 53 wins is 37 solo wins plus 16 ties for first.
|Name||1st place||2nd place||3rd place||Total games|
|Roy Blount, Jr.||35||35||27||97|
Assign three points for 1st, two for 2nd, and one for third; calculate total.
|Roy Blount, Jr.||202|
Percentage of First Place Wins
First place total divided by number of games played.
|Name||1st place percentage|
|Roy Blount, Jr.||36.08|
Percent of Total Points
Assume three points for a win, and multiply by games played. Divide this into actual number of points earned. Does this work as some sort of efficiency rating?
|Name||Percent of total points|
|Roy Blount, Jr.||69.41|
Most likely to finish third
Like first place, but for last place.
|Name||3rd place percentage|
|Roy Blount, Jr.||27.84|