Friday, February 14, 2014

Visualizing Program Scores

The New York Times has come up with an innovative graphic to show the jump scores of skaters. This graphic compares the jump scores of Patrick Chan and Yuzuru Hanyu.

 From a graphics point of view, this is excellent. I've never seen anything like this before for figure skating. If you go to the source page and click on each colored circle on the graph, you'll see the exact GOE for that jump.

You can see that Hanyu did two triple axel combinations after the halfway mark, and he got a 'good' score for that (perhaps that's the GOE?). While Chan only got one triple Axel, did poorly and it was before the halfway mark.  Whereas Chan did a good quad-double toe combo before the halfway mark, it wasn't enough to offset the number of excellent jumps that Hanyu had after the halfway point. 

Want to compare that with popular US entrant Jason Brown? Here's his program scores as shown in the NYT way.

Not saying the overall graphic couldn't be improved, for example, adding grades for skating skills such as footwork, but it's an excellent start. Also, the cumulative score could be added across the bottom as a line graph, to show how each jump affects the score.

Really liking how the NYT developed this graph and is able to crank it out during the competition and not afterwards. I hope they develop something as innovative for Ice Dance.

(These graphs are the sole property of the New York Times, and are shown here only for review purposes)

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