Forecasting & Results - Analysis
Ok! bplus

Maybe we have a Misunderstanding ? 

Yes! The (5) Results R1 to R5 are different in the Examples because it makes them different Result Finishers... Can you imagine 1st place came 1 then Second place came 1 Etc. ?

And yes Greyhound Races do finish in the exact Order sometimes like 1,2,3,4,5,6 The important thing is that they can finish in any Order like 3,2,1,5,6,4  or 4,6,5,1,2,3 Etc.

So back to the Forecasting Challenge I am putting forward...

F1 (Forecast-1) = R1 - 2  R2 - 5  R3 - 3  R4 - 1  R5 - 4  What Number (1 to 5) is R6 - ? 

Let's say we kept getting the same Forecasts & R6 Result then...

F1 (Forecast-1) = R1 - 2  R2 - 5  R3 - 3  R4 - 1  R5 - 4  R6 - 5 
F2 (Forecast-2) = R1 - 2  R2 - 5  R3 - 3  R4 - 1  R5 - 4  R6 - 5 
F3 (Forecast-3) = R1 - 2  R2 - 5  R3 - 3  R4 - 1  R5 - 4  R6 - 5 
F4 (Forecast-4) = R1 - 2  R2 - 5  R3 - 3  R4 - 1  R5 - 4  R6 - 5 

I am sure even a Very simple Forecasting Program would Forecast Correct the F5 - R6 Below...

F5 (Forecast-5) = R1 - 2  R2 - 5  R3 - 3  R4 - 1  R5 - 4  R6 - ? 

Now! I hope you can See why I am doing it the way I am ? Finding the Best Forecasting method is the Most Important thing! then we can move on to more Complicated Forecasting Challenges! Smile

Maybe you can Suggest One ?
Sorry, for my lack of understanding as yet. I just had a new way to see the data of the tables I am looking.

The numbers are the dog 'names' not the F1 to F5 on the left side.

Each row or each column is a race? or both???

I have to study this with this new way of seeing, right now too many other things are calling me to get done. I remember many a new math course when I have been hung up by the most basic misunderstandings of what is being presented. Once I get that, it is usually smooth sailing after...
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No problem bplus I am also jumping the Gun a bit expecting people to understand what is in my Head! I would say I am a better doer than an ex-plainer Smile
I will get back to this later with some better clearer examples... I will write a Program where it does what I want, and the challenge is that you play against it trying to Out Forecast it while you both have the same Starting information!

Anthony, sounds like fun!
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I have had a thought about what might get us on track.

We start with 5 dogs whose names are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

We know nothing about their race record yet so we forecast the first race they run as
F1:  1 2 3 4 5   'dog #1 finish first, #2 second... who knows could happen?

The race #1 is run results were:
R1: 2 4 1 3 5  'first place to dog #2, 2nd to dog #4....

Now for next race, we have some info to make better forecast, we predict
F1: 2 4 1 3 5 ' will happen again, not likely but better guess than random

Race #2 results
R2: 4 1 2 3 5 'hey 2 right

I would table things like this:
F1: 1 2 3 4 5  R1: 2 4 1 3 5
F2: 2 4 1 3 5  R2: 4 1 2 3 5

Now we have a prediction problem, how do we forecast next race?
I would use weights system, the more recent the race the higher the weight mixed with an average of where the dog places usually.

I don't think my table system is anything like Anthony's even though my F's stand for Forecasts and my R's stand for (actual) Race or Results. In my table system, you can't do (overlap) F rows AND R columns.

So Anthony, where do, how do Actual Race results fit in (if they do)?
Can you show how you would table the scenario I have just presented?
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I would table things like this:
F1: 1 2 3 4 5  R1: 2 4 1 3 5
F2: 2 4 1 3 5  R2: 4 1 2 3 5

Now we have a prediction problem, how do we forecast next race? 
I would use weights system, the more recent the race the higher the weight mixed with an average of where the dog places usually.


OK! I just woke up to this! and one Good way is a "Progressive Score System" = P.S.S Smile

So every R1st Place Result Scores = 5  R2nd = 4 R3rd = 3 R4th = 2 R5th = 1

So the Score for R1: (2 = 5)  (4 = 4)  (1 = 3)  (3 = 2 (5 = 1)

Which would make the same Forecast as your Method of Better than Random! (Because we only have One Result) Sad

Now the Score for R2: (4 = 5) (1 = 4)  (2 = 3)  (3 = 2)  (5 = 1)

Which leads to the Forecast for F3:/R3: Using Both totals as ...

( 1 = 7) (2 = 8) (3 = 4) (4 = 9) (5 = 2)

And Now in the Correct Forecast Finish Order! ...

F3:/R3: 4 2 1 3 5  Smile
Hi Anthony,

Your R3 looks darn good for Forecast 3 for Race 3, I would add to my table system like this
F1: 1 2 3 4 5 R1: 2 4 1 3 5
F2: 2 4 1 3 5 R2: 4 1 2 3 5
F3: 4 2 1 3 5

Lets say Dog #2 really hurt it's leg winning Race 1 and instead of healing, it gets worse:
Race 3 all the dogs pulled ahead 1 but #2 fell to bottom
R3: 4 1 3 5 2

So my table looks like this:
F1: 1 2 3 4 5 R1: 2 4 1 3 5
F2: 2 4 1 3 5 R2: 4 1 2 3 5
F3: 4 2 1 3 5 R3: 4 1 3 5 2

Now, will Dog #2 heal up by next race of stay injured and near bottom, will dog #4 tire of being number #1, not if he were human!

500 for 2, 4, 4
400 for 4, 1, 1
300 for 1, 2, 3
200 for 3, 3, 5
100 for 5, 5, 2

dog 1 = 400 + 400 + 300 = 1100/3 = 366.7
dog 2 = 500 + 300 + 100 = 900 / 3 = 300
dog 3 = 300 + 200 + 200 = 700/3 = 233.3
dog 4 = 500 + 500 + 400 = 1400/3 = 466.7
dog 5 = 200 + 100 + 100 = 400/3 = 133.3
check sum .................................... = 1500 total points for one race

F4 by straight averages = 4 1 2 3 5 moves 2 back up, not bad for a guess

What if we double weight of last race? 4 1 3 5 2
dog 1 = 400 + 400 + 300 + 400 = 1500/4 = 375 2nd
dog 2 = 500 + 300 + 100 + 100 = 1000/4 = 250 3|4 ?
dog 3 = 300 + 200 + 200 + 300 = 1000/4 = 250 3|4 ?
dog 4 = 500 + 500 + 400 + 500 = 1900/4 = 475 first
dog 5 = 200 + 100 + 100 + 200 = 600/4 = 150 5th
check sum ................................. 6000 = 4 race total points

My 4th forecast is 4 1 2 3 5 given the 3rd race was 4 1 3 5 2
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Understanding Forecast Levels and Methods...
So much reading!

Anthony, do you read all this stuff you are posting links to?

Also where are we at with 5 forecast 5 predictions, abandoned?

Is this (these 2 links) home work for that?

PS you changed title RE: Forecasting & Analysis I thought I was in different thread.

I was hoping you would teach, so I wouldn't have to read a book on subject.
Have I over dominated discussion or your lecture? Sorry, if I did.

I was thinking for next step we need a third person who would make up race results on some sort of pattern.
Not tell us the pattern, but we try different methods of forecast to predict the pattern.
Others could join in with their predictions.

We need a dog.
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Yes! bplus I read everything I Post and more! Wink

I changed the Title because there are going to be many other Types of Forecasting & Results Examples on here,and you as one already showed an interest in other ways to do things which is fine.
Everything is still the same in General I will make the Program I spoke about where it will Predict not only (5) but a Range of Forecasts and Results,this make the whole thing more Flexible! then we can include things like Lotto's which I know Walter has an interest in,so he can give up Normal Work ? Smile and devote more time to this Forum,and all the other 1000's of things he as an interest in,when he just Wins enough to do that.
As I said the Program I have in mind will give the first R1 Results and then it will make a Prediction for R2 and save that to a File (Where all the Forecast Info will be Stored,for all Players) That way it Can't Cheat as you can then see using a Test run... the Forecast before a Player makes their Forecast,then a Player can Input their Forecasts then Press Enter or Reveal ? to see the R2 Results plus the Programs and players Forecasts,all saved in a File that can be Paste into a Spreadsheet,those are my first Ideas! Idea

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Hi Anthony,

I am watching this space with eager anticipation.

Why are you messing around with sort?

Can you outline the project you have in mind?

I would like to help build it, if you are stuck, but we need a plan.

Why are you still messing around with sort?  Smile
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You have to bear with Me bplus Wink

I am working on a number of things and most are related to this Project...
In the meantime Swat up on your Forecasting / Results methods...because you will need them when you play against "The System!"  Smile


Oh man! not The System!

Yikes! Wink
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"The System" Long... for the  "The SYS" Smile  Big Grin
Do you know the mystery of the Sphinx? Smile
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No! but I have heard of the Mystery of the "Sphincter"  Big Grin
Oh man, let's not go there! Wink
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