# Re: [Icehouse] IGDC Winter 2009?

• FromDale Newfield <dale@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
• DateTue, 17 Mar 2009 11:54:55 -0400
```Dale Sheldon wrote:
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* For each game, all non-X votes are added together, and divided by the number of non-X votes _plus_1_; this is the game's score.
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So a game's score isn't the average of the scores it receives, but rather just a bit lower than the average of the scores it receives, with that degradation based on the number of scores it got?
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Mathematically is this any different from:
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"For each game, the score is the mean of all non-X scores, times (N/N+1) where N is the number of non-X scores."
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If the goals of this scoring mechanism is "it's better to score better, and it's better to get more scores" then that's what you're getting.
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My only fear is that the 0-99 range is so large that arbitrary decisions each judge makes about how wide a distribution within that range to use will all dramatically effect the final scores.
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-Dale

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