November 3rd, 2010

krazy koati

It's the end of the world as we know it

New month, so, time for some new Price is Right summaries. There was also another round of ``Pay The Rent'' on the Halloween episode, which I'll discuss separately. But the data for the month of October, here meaning the week of 4 October (which had double episodes) through to the 29th, who won the Showcase Showdowns?

First Second Third
Month 17 19 14
Season 28 33 21

Clearly something is going wrong with the advantage detected for the third spinner this season. With the near-tie that resulted last season I'm wondering if the showcase order advantage might just be imaginary after all.

The other thing I've decided to track this season is what was the lowest spin which went on to win. This is broken down into five categories, based on whether the winner won undisputedly or following a tie and spinoff, and how many of the other contestants had over-spun. The infinum win crept down a little over October where it was possible to:

No Overspins One Overspin Two Overspins
Solo Win 70 60 5
Tied Win 80 80 -

Trivia: The earliest photograph showing the Chrysler Building Spire was published in the 3 November 1929 gravure edition of The New York World. The spire is not visible before 23 October 1929 in the newspapers. The exact date has been of some conjecture over the years. David Stravitz's The Chrysler Building has a construction photograph stamped with 23 October 1929. Source: Higher: A Historic Race to the Sky and the Making of a City, Neal Bascomb.

Currently Reading: Herbert Hoover: A Reminiscent Biography, Will Irwin. See, if you asked me to list things Hoover is responsible for, promoting industry-wide standards on the sizes of bricks would not have leapt to mind. I wonder if he's behind roughly standard door widths and maybe the 8 1/2-by-11 sheet of paper too.