But I do have to say that I am not generally upset at the idea that one judge likes a skater's program and another doesn't. It is not like in statistics, where you would like to get the sampling error (statistical noise) down as low as possible so as not to swamp the thing that is being measured.
That is also why I am not all up in arms about the statsitical consequences of reducing the size of the judging panel. The scores are judgments. I think that fans of figure skating have to reconcile themselves to the fact that theirs is a judged sport.
But I do feel that there should be more agreement on what are supposed to be measurable and at least somewhat objective criteria. The scores shouldn't be about what the judges "liked", at least for components such as skating skills and transitions. I can see how it would be harder to find agreement on interpretation and P&E (I want CH out of the PCS, as I've written before).
In creativity research, one method used to evaluate creative works is to go to a number of experts and have them judge it (separate from each other) on various criteria, and then look to see if they are in agreement with each other about the merits (or lack thereof). Interjudge reliability does tend to be pretty high in such studies. I wonder what the reliability would be for judges scores' if we calculated it. Who's up for some SPSS fun, then?
Sometimes you get coordinated over- or under-scoring, which means that all the judges did their job within the acceptable parameters but the end result is still noticeably "off" the overall impression of whether the score was an accurate reflection of the performance.
What do stats say about chances of two great minds thinking alike?
Evgeny decent skate--should be a bit sharper -but i am sure come olympics you will be ready- full throttle.
brandon okay skate--to me a bit slow and low on jumps
johnny-what can i say.
takahiko and artem-- good skates.
So much pressure too (from inner and outer forces). I feel for him.
But resolutely support him still. And the fact that he cannot compete like some people are saying is bull. Inner demons aside, he's done it and done it damn successfully before.
And if he's actually as well trained as I think he is, I have faith. Get it together, JWe. <3
I loved Kozuka's free program - especially the music! Kurt Browning described his skating best I think; his skating is full of patience and it has a breath and an air to it but he is missing a spark. He had my favorite program of the day.
Just watched Plushenko - jumps, jumps, jumps and nothing else. Looks exactly the same as he did in 2006 - yawn. His circular footwork was embarassing - the commentators actually burst out laughing at one point. What was with all the "I'm number one crap" pointing with his finger? It's the Grand Prix for heaven's sake!
Poor Johnny, he sounded so confident on twitter....