# 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 Drop Low Rate Adds up the points in each preliminary round and then subtracts the lowest rate 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.

Drop Low Rate: All the points are added up and the lowest point total is subtracted from the total. Speaker 1 would have (25+24 - 22) = 37. High 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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