It’s Not Due to Drinking…It’s About The Math
Any math wizards….Please, keep reading.
I’ve begun thinking about the 2008 Wine Blog Awards. I’ve decided I want to determine winners in each category by using a combination popular vote and a panel of independent judges. This approach seems like a good one based on the comments I’ve had from a variety of readers as well as thinking about it for some time.
However, I’m having a bit of difficulty figuring out the mathematical formula for determining what will be the winning blog in a category. Here’s what I’m thinking:
1. There will be four finalists in each category
2. The popular vote in each category will be given 70% of the input toward the category winner
3. The public will vote for one blog in each category
4. The Independent Panel will be given 30% of the input toward the category winner.
5. The Panel will rank the four finalists 1st to 4th (favorite to least favorite)
HOW DO I MESH THESE TWO DIFFERENT TYPES OF INPUT WITH THE DIFFERENT WEIGHTING?
In the popular vote I want to take into account the total votes for each finalist, rather than just doing a "winner take all" scenario a la: top vote getter is 1st place, second most vote getter is 2nd place, etc, etc.
As I said, I’m having a difficult time finding the correct mathematical formula for combining these two types of input and taking account of their different weights. There’s a good reason I took an MA in History and not Finance.
I will forever be in the debt of those of you who can help with this.