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Interesting question I don't have an answer for yet: Can your rank get *worse* by going to a competition?

More precisely, compare these two scenarios:
1) You participated in competition X.
2) You didn't participate in competition X.
That's the only difference, everything else is the same.

In scenario 1, your average distance is probably lower and definitely not higher (unless you're connecting to an otherwise unconnected part of the graph). But what about your rank? By being there you not only lower your own average distance, you're also lowering other people's average distance. Is it possible that your rank is better in scenario 2?

Btw, I'm putting this on hold until Friday, need to work on something else now.

My daughters Marie and Rebecca have exactly the same stats too. (They've been to all the same competitions together.) They are both 410 in the cubieverse.

Is there any other pair of competitors with identical stats who can beat their rank?

Interesting question I don't have an answer for yet: Can your rank get *worse* by going to a competition?

More precisely, compare these two scenarios:
1) You participated in competition X.
2) You didn't participate in competition X.
That's the only difference, everything else is the same.

In scenario 1, your average distance is probably lower and definitely not higher (unless you're connecting to an otherwise unconnected part of the graph). But what about your rank? By being there you not only lower your own average distance, you're also lowering other people's average distance. Is it possible that your rank is better in scenario 2?

Btw, I'm putting this on hold until Friday, need to work on something else now.

yo I made a counter example on a graph but it was comparing having a comp with 2 people versus if 1 didn't show up so technically not allowed by wca rules but I don't want to make a more complicated graph.

so I'm trying to make it so with the comp top left comp goer will pass the bottom right comp goer (will worry about the rest of the people later, also I am going to use the sum of distances rather than average because the ranks will be the same)

so I want to find some solutions to the system of inequalities.

simplifying we get 3m+1 > k and m+1 < k which works for k=3, m=1

then to verify i draw the graph with k=3 and m=1 (you can imagine it XP) and check to make sure what i wanted happened. As it turns out the bottom right comp goer was originally ranked 2nd and goes down the 3rd by attending the comp.

If someone wants to construct a case were at least 12 people must go to a competition that would be nice (or prove it's impossible)

oh and qq wrote a graph theory sounding definition for the question if anyone is interested:

start with a graph of people, with "distance" defined as avg minimal distance to other vertices, and "rank" defined as a point's rank in the list of possible distances. If you add a K_n to the graph (you can add vertices if you want), can you make the rank of any vertex in that K_n strictly worse compared to leaving that vertex out of the K_n and adding a K_(n-1) without them.

Hey, Stefan, how many people are at most distance 3 from everyone else in the large group of connected people? It seems that some of the top 10 people have this property, but they don't all.

Distances to me:
0:1 (me)
1:32
2:563
3:4659
4:3757
5:76
none:19
Average: 3.3608
So I'm number 8676 in the list.

My Blonk Number:
3: Me
Melbourne Summer Open 2010
2: Dene Beardsley
San Francisco Open 2009
1: Bob Burton
WC 2005
0: Michiel Van Der Blonk
So my Blonk Number is 3.

Last night I was curious who else was near the top of the list of average distances, so Dave and I found the top 33. Not surprisingly, everyone on that list went to WC2009. Stefan, do you know who's highest on the list that didn't go to WC2009?

Last night I was curious who else was near the top of the list of average distances, so Dave and I found the top 33. Not surprisingly, everyone on that list went to WC2009. Stefan, do you know who's highest on the list that didn't go to WC2009?

Last night I was curious who else was near the top of the list of average distances, so Dave and I found the top 33. Not surprisingly, everyone on that list went to WC2009. Stefan, do you know who's highest on the list that didn't go to WC2009?

Last night I was curious who else was near the top of the list of average distances, so Dave and I found the top 33. Not surprisingly, everyone on that list went to WC2009. Stefan, do you know who's highest on the list that didn't go to WC2009?

That was a fair assumption, but I moved to Singapore right before the WC. I did my planning when it still was said that the WC will take place in Hong Kong...

Would it be possible to see some sort of geographic representation of Blonk numbers? As in, a world map with an average number for each country. I wonder if there would be an obvious geographic correlation between average Blonk number and location of the 2 Blonk competitions (WC03 & WC05).

And Piti truly is the master of connections. He's at most 3 away from everyone and has the smallest number of distance-3 persons. All that with only 9 competitions.

After Piti (rank 10 with only 9 competitions), the best ranks with fewest competitions are:

Rank 39 with only 5 competitions: Baramee Pookcharoen
Rank 96 with only 4 competitions: Arnold Soeparjanto
Rank 124 with only 3 competitions: Denis Goepfert
Rank 129 with only 2 competitions: Michael Layher (WC2007 and WC2009)
Rank 321 with only 1 competition: Eileen Henfling and 17 other people who only competed at WC2009

And in the other direction, bad rank despite many competitions:

Rank 1000 despite 20 competitions: Shenjia Zhang (only competed in east China)
Rank 5586 despite 10 competitions: Syoji Takamatsu (only competed in Japan)
Rank 7074 despite 8 competitions: Krzysztof Zygowski (only competed in Poland)
Rank 8325 despite 4 competitions: Ming-Yi Lin (only competed in Taiwan)