IE Prelim Tie Breakers

Here is quick break down of individual event preliminary tie breakers:

Tiebreaker Brief Explanation
Ranks Adds up the ranks in each preliminary round
Points Adds up the speaker points in each preliminary round
Firsts Counts the number of first place ranks in preliminary rounds
Decimal Calculates a decimal score for each competitor by dividing 1 by the rank in each preliminary round
Drop High Rank Adds up the ranks in each preliminary round then subtracts the highest rank
Random Random Number

Imagine Speaker 1 has the following scores in an event:
Prelim Round 1 (Rank-Points) Prelim Round 2 Prelim Round 3
Speaker 1 1-25 3-22 2-24

Ranks: Adds up the ranks given by judges in preliminary rounds.  Speaker 1 would have 6 (1+3+2).  Lower scores are better.

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

Firsts: Adds up all the first place ranks given by judges in preliminary rounds.  Speaker 1 would have 1.  Higher numbers are better.

Decimal: This is calculated taking 1 divided by each rank in each preliminary round. Speaker 1 would have 1.8 (1/1 + 1/3 + 1/2).  Higher scores are better. 

Drop High Rank: All the ranks are added up and the highest rank dropped from the total. Speaker 1 would have 3 (1+3+2)-(3).  Lower 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. 

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