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Mailbag: Fixing Windy Ultimate, Algorithm Adjustments

Right now, high wind breaks the game.

The Mailbag is now for subscribers only. That’s going to do a few things: it will keep me committed to writing it every week. It will reward subscribers with a weekly column they can count on. And it will allow us to offer a free one-month Mini subscription for the best email or comment we get and publish in the Mailbag. If you’re already a subscriber, you get a free extra month (or a discount). If you’re not, you can come in and check out the benefits.

You can email me anytime at mailbag@ultiworld.com with questions, comments, ideas — whatever you’ve got.

Q: Something that I have been thinking about lately is an adjustment to the ranking algorithm to adjust for artificially close games. In track and field, for example, there is a rule that results are ignored for records purposes if the tail wind is above a certain threshold. Is there room in the algorithm to say that if the wind is above a certain amount and the score differential is within a certain point, it is ignored? Seeing teams that should not be playing a close game finishing with an 8-7 score is something that causes weird bid situations every year.

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  1. Charlie Eisenhood
    Charlie Eisenhood

    Charlie Eisenhood is the editor-in-chief of Ultiworld. You can reach him by email (charlie@ultiworld.com) or on Twitter (@ceisenhood).

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