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Re: Olympic data

At 07:25 AM 8/24/2004, you wrote:
Athletes are often ranked on the basis of experimental measurements of
time intervals. My impression is that differences between some outcomes
are too small to be meaningful.
Ludwik Kowalski

In order to dish out medals, it is necessary to answer the questions,
Who made the shortest time, the highest jump, the longest distance,
got the most points?

A photo finish could resolve those questions that were not obvious,
I expect.

But then, there's the spectator question,
Was this a World record? A tape measure or time measurement
often gets to resolve this question. I believe it is rare to find that
experimental error is close to the magnitude of the differences
sought in this respect.

Brian Whatcott Altus OK Eureka!