## NATHAN CHEN wins Gold but Figure Skating Scores can be BAD MATH

February 10, 2022

Nathan Chen, 22, USA, wins GOLD in the Men’s Figure skating with 5 brilliant, soaring quadruple jumps executed to perfection to Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” and “Rocket Man.”

## Nathan Chen’s Winning Performance on You tube HERE.

According to the fab  nine Figure Skating judges score competitors for the complexity of each element (eg. Triple axel or triple spin jump) and the quality of the performance producing a score out of ten.

## Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir(Above) GOLD Medal performance at Pyeongchang 2018 here.

Kailani Craine, Australia

This is a typical figure skating score card for one competitor.

The final score, however, is based  on the average for only 5 of these scores. Two are eliminated by random selection (Red Brackets). Then the top and bottom scores are removed and the remaining five scores averaged.

Screen grab NBC Mathletes

# Skater A:

Four scores are removed. Two by the random selector (in brackets) and then the top and bottom scores (with line drawn through them)

# Skater B:

Four scores are removed. Two by the random selector (in brackets) and then the top and bottom scores (with line drawn through them). But this time the random selector eliminates two low scores.

The average:

## =  35.25/ 5 = 7.05

Same score cards but Skater B gets a higher average score than Skater A.

Skater A is, in fact, beaten by a random number selector!!!!

## DAY 500 COVID-19 … some curious stats

June 7, 2021

Mathspig has tracked the Covid 19 Stats through the Worldometer tracker and calculated the AVERAGE NO. DEATHS per day at the 50607080, 100 , 200 DAY and the mark ..

and now at the 500 DAY mark.

Note: Approx 1/3 of deaths around the world are due to accidents, diseases other than Covid, or suicide.

## Simple Math with a KO Punch

March 24, 2021

So often MATH makes clear what politicians fail to see. This is a cartoon in the Boston Globe by Dan Wasserman.

The minimum wage in Australia is currently  \$19.84 per hour for 21yo+. This is USA \$15.08.

## 1 Year COVID-19 … some curious stats

January 22, 2021

Mathspig has tracked the Covid 19 Stats through the Worldometer tracker and calculated the AVERAGE NO. DEATHS per day at the 50607080, 100 , 200 DAY mark …

and now at the 1 YEAR mark.

New York Times article here.

BBC article here.

## DAY 200 Covid-19 .. some curious stats

August 8, 2020

Mathspig has been tracking the Covid 19 Stats through the Worldometer tracker and calculating the AVERAGE NO. DEATHS per day at the 50, 60, 70, 80,, and now, the 200 DAY mark. The average is still rising which, as the average started low, is not good news. What can I say? Mask Up, folks.

MATHSPIG is reporting in from lockdown in MELBOURNE, Australia, where mask-wearing outdoors is now compulsory, there is an 8pm-5am curfew and travelling more than 5km from your residence is banned.

May 5, 2020

## The death rate was 6 times the average death rate. That is a terrifying statistic and explains why we are all in lockdown or are slowly coming out of lockdown. Meanwhile, in the rest of the world death tolls are still increasing.

Excellent Covid-19 stats update here.

April 17, 2020

## Mathspig is using the total average of deaths per day since stats were first published from 22 JAN 2020. When this average drops … that will be a sign for cautious optimism. But not yet!!!!

Excellent Covid-19 stats update here.

## DAY 70 Covid-19 .. some CURIOUS Stats

April 4, 2020

Excellent Covid-19 stats update here.

If no preventative measures were taken by governments around the world then we could have been looking at a Plague Worse Case Scenario here.

## DAY 60 Covid-19 .. some CURIOUS Stats

March 22, 2020

Excellent Covid-19 stats update here.

Worse Case Scenario here.

January 21, 2019