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Is this the first step towards the Official World Rankings?
Authored by: Jake Anson on Thursday, March 18 2010 @ 07:14 am ACDT

Congrats on taking the initiative to get this going.

The most apparent concern I have is that often there isn't a lot of cross-over in international competitions. In North America, the USA and Canada play each other exclusively, outside of International Cup years. It seems that a few victories from the USA probably have pushed them artificially high up the ladder, and Canada artificially down. The ranking of the Peace Team above Canada, and of Ireland below the USA is in direct opposition to the performances and results of the International Cups.

Surely there is a way to control for instances where two teams play each other over and over again?

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Is this the first step towards the Official World Rankings?
Authored by: Aaron Richard on Thursday, March 18 2010 @ 09:52 am ACDT

Those two discrepancies (particularly Canada vs Peace Team) stuck out to me as well.

I think almost everyone who was at the last IC would rate the Canadians fairly highly, definitely a better side than the Peace Team. USA similarly were a good side by international standards, but not better than Ireland.

As Cam pointed out in his example of Denmark vs GB though - if Canada beat the USA in the upcoming test, that could make for a big points jump for them, and a big jump for the USA.

Hopefully as we feed in the results for this year, people can see how quickly things can adjust.

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Is this the first step towards the Official World Rankings?
Authored by: Cam Homes on Friday, March 19 2010 @ 12:08 pm ACDT

Calculation for up coming USA v Canada match.
As I don't know who the home team is I have calculated as a neutral ground match.
If USA wins their ranking pts. will rise from 44.69 to 45.11 still 3rd.
Canada losing sees their pts drop from 38.92 to 38.49 still 11th.

However if Canada wins their ranking pts will rise to 40.49 putting them into 10th behind Denmark. and USA losing would see their pts drop to 43.11 dropping them back behind Ireland at 6th place.
My placings put
Australia P-1 (P being for professional) (Suggestion)
the other countries are ranked
A-1 and so on (A being for amateur) That gets around fact that Aussie don't play any of the other nations.

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