ERIC Number: ED366008
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov-18
Reference Count: N/A
Formula X: The Search for the Equitable Sweepstakes Tabulation Methodology.
Huebner, Thomas M., Jr.
Perhaps one of the greatest challenges facing tournament directors wishing to provide a balance between individual events and debate is an equitable overall sweepstakes formula. One such formula, modified from a methodology initially developed in response to a need at the Missouri Association of Forensic Activities (MAFA) intercollegiate tournament, is based on a percentage system. The formula is constructed on five main premises: quick tabulation; recognition of squad achievement; attempt at equity within debate as well as within individual events; equitable weighting between debate and individual events; and "maximum entry possible" as a reasonable goal. The formula was applied to a moderately-sized regional-draw invitational tournament. In terms of overall sweepstakes, this particular tournament had no changes in the final rankings of its competing squads after re-tabulation using the modified MAFA formula, although a few changes occurred in individual events rankings. Whether or not this particular formula is worthy of wide-spread use remains to be seen: however, those who have used the methodology believe that it is a progressive step in the right direction. The methodology for scoring and the complete retabulation data (presented in numerous unnumbered tables) are included. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Debate Tournaments; Missouri
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (79th, Miami, FL, November 18-21, 1993).