# IE Elim Tie Breakers

Here is quick break down of individual event tie breakers:

Tie Breaker | Brief Explanation |

Rank In Elim | Adds up all the ranks in elimination round |

Judge Pref In Elim | Compares two speakers and gives preference to competitor who has better ranks |

Total Rank In Event | Adds up ranks in all prelims and all elims |

Total Rank in Event Drop High Prelim Rank | Adds up ranks in all prelims and all elims. Then removes the highest prelim ranking. |

Number Of Firsts in Event | Counts the number of 1st place ranks in all prelims and all elims |

Majority of Firsts in Elim | Counts the number of 1st place ranks in the elimination round. |

Decimal in Elim | Calculates a decimal score for each competitor by dividing 1 by the rank |

Points in Elim | Adds up the points in the elimination round |

Points in Prelim | Adds up points (rates) in all |

Random | Random Number |

Imagine Speaker 1 and Speaker has the following scores in an event

Prelim Round 1 (Rank-Points) | Prelim Round 2 | Prelim Round 3 | Finals (Judge 1, Judge 2, Judge 3) | |

Speaker 1 | 1-25 | 3-22 | 2-24 | 1-25, 2-23,5-22 |

Speaker 2 | 3-24 | 1-25 | 1-22 | 3-22, 4-25, 1-25 |

**Rank in Elim**: Speaker 1 would have 8 (1+2+5), Speaker 2 would have 8 (3+4+1). Lower scores are better.

**Judge Pref in Elim: **Speaker 1 would have 2 judge pref points whereas Speaker 2 would have 1 judge pref points. We compare the ranking each judge gave each student. The student with the better rank gets a judge pref point. So judge 1 preferred speaker 1 (1 < 3), judge 2 preferred speaker 1 (2 <4), and judge 3 preferred speaker 2 (1 < 5). So speaker 1 would have a total of 2 judge pref points and speaker 2 would have a total of 1 judge pref points. Speaker 1 would thus be ranked higher than speaker 2. NOTE: judge pref only works in the case of two speakers who are tied. If there is a three-way tie, judge pref will not work and will be skipped. Higher scores are better.

**Total Rank in Event**: Speaker 1 would have 14 (1+3+2+1+2+5), Speaker 2 would have 13 (3+1+1+3+4+1). Lower scores are better.

**Total Rank in Event Drop High Prelim Rank**: Takes the Total Rank in Event total and subtracts the highest prelim rank. So Speaker 1 would have 11 (14-3) and Speaker 2 would have 10 (13-3). Lower scores are better.

**Number of Firsts in Event**: Speaker 1 would have 2 (Rd 1 and Elim Judge 1), Speaker 2 would have 3 (Rd 2, Rd 3, Elim Judge 3). Higher scores are better.

**Majority of Firsts in Elim**: Speaker 1 would have 1 and Speaker 2 would have 1. Higher scores are better.

**Decimal in Elim**: This is calculated by adding up 1 divided by each rank in the elimination round. So Speaker 1 would have 1.7 (1/**1** + 1/**2** + 1/**5**) and Speaker 2 would have 1.58 (1/**3** + 1/**4** + 1/**1**). Higher scores are better.

**Points in Elim**: Adds up the points (rates) given by the judges in the elimination round. So Speaker 1 would have 70 (25+23+22) and Speaker 2 would have 72 (22+25+25). Higher scores are better.

**Points in Prelim**: Adds up the points (rates) given by judges in the preliminary rounds. So Speaker 1 would have 71 (25+22+24) and Speaker 2 would have 71 (24+25+22). Higher scores are better.

**Random**: Each entry is assigned a random number at the beginning of the tournament. Higher scores are better. These **can not** be changed by the tournament directors/tab directors to ensure fairness.