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Poll: Length of STRs (Timeslots)


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Poll: Length of STRs (5 member(s) have cast votes)

Should TC reduce the minimum length of an STR (timeslot)?

  1. No - it is fine as it is (1 votes [20.00%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 20.00%

  2. Yes - They should reduce the minimum to 1 hour (3 votes [60.00%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 60.00%

  3. Yes - There should be no minimum length (1 votes [20.00%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 20.00%

  4. Yes - They should reduce it to something else (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  5. I don't care (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

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#1 TheOptician

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Posted 09 May 2018 - 12:12 AM

The Discussion topic for this poll is here:

 

http://forum.strateg...um-length-strs/

 

This poll will stay open for two weeks.

 

TC are not obliged to enact the consensus of this poll.



#2 astros

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Posted 09 May 2018 - 04:13 PM

Both The Prof and I support a reduction to the minimum length of time slots. I am certainly not all knowing, but this is an area where I have specialized knowledge because I have a degree in Statistics. The Prof has Master's in the subject and has taught statistics for over a decade. Hopefully, our recommendations will sway you to vote for eliminating/reducing minimum STRs.

Here is a somewhat rigorous example detailing my logic for this proposal.

Assume that a player sleeps for 8 hours, then is available to play Stratego for 8 hours and then works for 8 hours with no gaps in between. This roughly mirrors a typical players' schedule and makes calculations easy. Consider what happens if the player cannot play in the first hour proposed. Case 1 represents two hour slots and Case 2 represents 2 independent slots of an hour each.

Using probability axioms and logic, we can work out that Case 2 is 51 percent more likely to result in an arrangement:

https://imgur.com/a/4khs8mm

The actual percent is probably a little different given some of my simplifications but Case 2 is always more likely to result in an arrangement. Extending this, you could actually eliminate the minimum slot requirement all together and mandate that each player provides 6 total hours of availability. This would give even higher probabilities of finding a start time.



For a less technical proof, TheO had a really good analogy: Case 1 can be thought of as one big interval, while Case 2 is two smaller but separate intervals. Therefore, you are more likely to find a start time in the more spread out intervals (case 2).

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#3 TheOptician

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Posted 02 June 2018 - 02:22 PM

This poll will be closed Sunday 2100GMT and TC will consider it in their final decision.






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