A bizarre statistical quirk


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A bizarre statistical quirk

Postby rhymans » Thu Dec 20, 2012 5:26 am

A question. What was the curious statistical quirk which relates to the West German 100m championship race of 1964? As a clue I should say that it's the kind of thing that would interest Jed Brickner, myself and no more than a handful of others in the history of the planet.
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Re: A bizarre statistical quirk

Postby dj » Thu Dec 20, 2012 7:27 am

I'm guessing he ran in lane 10, or he ran on a Wednesday, or some such thing.

It has to relate either to a lane record or a day-of-the-week record.
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Re: A bizarre statistical quirk

Postby gh » Thu Dec 20, 2012 7:37 am

I was going to say that they must have finished in lane order (either that or alphabetically!)
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Re: A bizarre statistical quirk

Postby DoubleRBar » Thu Dec 20, 2012 8:26 am

Or both.
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Re: A bizarre statistical quirk

Postby rhymans » Thu Dec 20, 2012 10:10 am

GH has it - the race finished in lane order from 1 to 8 - or if I'd got the question right it would have. My excuse is that from the photo it looks like lane 1 - Fritz Roderfeld has it, but the judges gave it to Manfred Knickenberg (lane 2). It otherwise went in order from 3rd on, with OG decathlon winner Willi Holdorf in 8th from lane 8. Sorry for the excess of bathos.
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Re: A bizarre statistical quirk

Postby dadme » Fri Dec 21, 2012 12:41 pm

Also the race was on the 8th day of the 8th month in 64. 8x8=64
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Re: A bizarre statistical quirk

Postby dadme » Fri Dec 21, 2012 12:55 pm

Also 8+8+64=80. Again 8 is mentioned. Watson the needle.
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