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What is the general range of speaker points at big-stick national tournaments like Greenhill and Glenbrooks. I understand speaks vary depending on the (level of difficulty of the) tournament, but is there an accepted range that judges follow? Note: This is specific to national tournaments, I know basic stuff like thirties don't happen and a twenty-five means you're a terrible person/ debater; 29 is pretty high/ really good, 29.5 is excellent/ not much you can change; just curious as to other debaters' experiences. Also, why are none of the useful, unanswered questioned asked on this site :/ Get rid of flood control on the search bar and half the questions disappear because they've been asked before...
I ran an experiment to see how well power matching revealed teams' true strength. You can read the results, but in summary, high-low power matching did well (but not much better than median speaker points) at revealing true strength. High-high power matching did an awful job, worse than random pairings.
I just published a really interesting, important analysis of debate tabulation methods on my blog. The summary results: Speaker points are just as accurate a measure of true team strength as win-loss record. Power-matching as practiced in the 2006-07 college debate season does not give equal strength teams equal schedules. (This method is probably still in use in many high school tournaments.) Unequal schedule strengths are highly correlated with discrepancies in the two ranking methods, point ranks and win ranks. Please go to my blog and comment!