Is there such a thing as home field advantage in HEMA tournaments? Do international or local fencers tend to win more matches?
While FNY was based on single hit matches, this was not the interesting part of the rules at all!
Can the Bilateral Hits measurement tell us about Afterblows and Doubles? Or are they essentially independent quantities?
I like to post about tournament stats, but we all need to keep in mind the inherent limitations of what the numbers can and can’t tell us.
Some people have taken issue with the matches on the Swordfish finals due to a perceived high number of double hits. Let’s crunch some numbers and see if this is actually true.
Many people perceive that pool fighting is uglier and leads to more double hits than elimination bracket fights. But is this really the case?
Even if you don’t like singlestick, there is a lot to learn about how the afterblow affects both the attacker and the defender independently.
Does the best fighter usually win? Is silver different from bronze? Is a seeded bracket better than a random one? Can I write something that makes this sound exciting?
“Damn those stupid numbers, no HEMA Rating’s going to tell me what my odds of winning are!” While on an individual level there are a ton of other factors that the rating doesn’t capture, does it do a good job overall?
How has the CombatCon Longsword tournament changed year over year? We crunch the numbers and see.