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London Olympics 2012 Medals per Athlete Ranking

August 13, 2012 2 comments

In my opinion, the medal count of the Olympics is misleading.  It does not take into account how many athletes actually completed for each country.  Botswana sent four athletes.  They can never dream of ranking high in the final tally even if 100% of the won gold.

Thus, medal per athlete is a better reflection and measurement on the performance of each country.  Since no one seems to be computing it, I calculated it.  (Download Excel file.)  And the results are surprising.

This method of counting is full of problems as well.  An entire soccer team can win only one medal whereas one lone swimmer can win many.

So, which method is the most accurate way of measuring a country’s performance?   Whichever that puts your country on top is the best, of course.

Total Medal per Athlete Ranking.  (Data Source: Official London Olympics Site)

Country Medals/Athelete
Botswana 0.25
Jamaica 0.24
Iran 0.23
China 0.23
Kenya 0.22
Ethiopia 0.20
Georgia 0.20
United States of America 0.19
Russian Federation 0.19
Mongolia 0.17
Azerbaijan 0.17
Qatar 0.17
Afghanistan 0.17
Trinidad and Tobago 0.13
Cuba 0.13
Japan 0.12
Armenia 0.12
Great Britain 0.12
Kazakhstan 0.11
Germany 0.11
Netherlands 0.11
South Korea 0.11
North Korea 0.11
Hungary 0.11
Grenada 0.10
France 0.10
Kuwait 0.10
Italy 0.10
Moldova 0.09
Indonesia 0.09
Singapore 0.09
Slovakia 0.09
Romnania 0.09
Australia 0.08
Ukraine 0.08
Bahrain 0.08
Thailand 0.08
Lithuania 0.08
Puerto Rico 0.08
Denmark 0.08
Ireland 0.08
Cyprus 0.08
Czech Republic 0.08
Belarus 0.08
Uzbekistan 0.07
Colombia 0.07
India 0.07
New Zeland 0.07
Malaysia 0.07
Mexico 0.07
Canada 0.06
Brazil 0.06
uganda 0.06
Tajikistan 0.06
Norway 0.06
Estonia 0.06
Slovenia 0.06
Dominican Republic 0.06
Sweden 0.06
Croatia 0.06
Saudi Arabia 0.05
Guatenmala 0.05
Finland 0.05
Poland 0.05
Taipei 0.05
South Africa 0.05
Turkey 0.04
Latvia 0.04
Solvenia 0.04
Bahamas 0.04
Switzerland 0.04
Tunisia 0.04
Gabon 0.04
Serbia 0.03
Bulgaria 0.03
Montenegro 0.03
Romania 0.03
Argentina 0.03
Spain 0.03
Algeria 0.03
Belgium 0.03
Hong Kong China 0.02
Greece 0.02
Egypt 0.02
Venezuela 0.01
Morocco 0.01
Portugal 0.01

For those who believe in gold only, here is the gold medal per athlete ranking.

Country Gold/Athe
Grenada 0.10
China 0.10
Ethiopia 0.09
United States of America 0.09
Jamaica 0.08
Iran 0.08
North Korea 0.07
uganda 0.06
Kazakhstan 0.06
Russian Federation 0.05
Great Britain 0.05
South Korea 0.05
Hungary 0.05
Cuba 0.05
Kenya 0.04
Bahamas 0.04
Azerbaijan 0.04
Netherlands 0.03
France 0.03
Trinidad and Tobago 0.03
Lithuania 0.03
Norway 0.03
Czech Republic 0.03
Georgia 0.03
Dominican Republic 0.03
Italy 0.03
Germany 0.03
Croatia 0.03
New Zeland 0.03
Algeria 0.03
Ukraine 0.03
Japan 0.02
South Africa 0.02
Latvia 0.02
Romnania 0.02
Switzerland 0.02
Uzbekistan 0.02
Turkey 0.02
Denmark 0.02
Belarus 0.02
Australia 0.02
Ireland 0.02
Slovenia 0.01
Solvenia 0.01
Venezuela 0.01
Tunisia 0.01
Brazil 0.01
Spain 0.01
Romania 0.01
Mexico 0.01
Colombia 0.01
Poland 0.01
Serbia 0.01
Sweden 0.01
Argentina 0.01
Canada 0.00
Botswana 0.00
Mongolia 0.00
Qatar 0.00
Afghanistan 0.00
Armenia 0.00
Kuwait 0.00
Moldova 0.00
Indonesia 0.00
Singapore 0.00
Slovakia 0.00
Bahrain 0.00
Thailand 0.00
Puerto Rico 0.00
Cyprus 0.00
India 0.00
Malaysia 0.00
Tajikistan 0.00
Estonia 0.00
Saudi Arabia 0.00
Guatenmala 0.00
Finland 0.00
Taipei 0.00
Gabon 0.00
Bulgaria 0.00
Montenegro 0.00
Belgium 0.00
Hong Kong China 0.00
Greece 0.00
Egypt 0.00
Morocco 0.00
Portugal 0.00
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Write a picture diary

Picture diary on a free blog.  Start today.  You will be glad you did in 40 years.

Write a Picture Diary

By James H. Choi
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Dear Sabio Students,

When I look back at my life, the time I was your age, I wish I had more to remember it by.  I wish I had more pictures or more people, and that I had written more to remind me of what I thought and felt at the time.

In addition to the sentimental values, I wish I had a diary to be used as an alibi, so to speak, to answer my own wondering such as “When did I do that?” or  “When was it?”

These days I have my Outlook Calendar to keep track of not only my future appointments but also past records.  But a calendar is different from a diary.  There are no commentaries in an appointment calendar.

These days, I’ve found an easy solution.  The free blogging software WordPress — which you are reading now — lets me simply send an email with an attached photo to my WordPress account, which posts the photo to my blog.  If you use an Android or iPhone, you can use WordPress app to make your job even simpler.  What I like best about this method is that I don’t have to wait to be back at my desk.  I could be right on the spot, as events are unfolding, and write a diary complete with pictures.  It does not get fresher than this.

Of course, diaries are supposed to be private, and with WordPress you can set your blog’s privacy settings to “private.”  Only you can read that blog.  You can also create several blogs (apparently there is no limit) with one account, and have a different privacy setting for each.

So although I’m rather late beginning my photo diary in life, this works.  As I go to different places and have various thoughts and feelings, now I can capture them just by sending an email to my WordPress account.  Of course, these days even without a blog, you could just send an email to anyone in your phone — but WordPress is better.  It chronologically captures the story of your life, allowing you to easily look up your posts later.

I’ve been sending emails to my blog from different places, where I’ve felt different emotions and had many thoughts.  It could be as simple as an interior decor of a restaurant I frequently go.  With age, I realize that everything is fleeting.  Something seemingly sturdy as a restaurant’s decor will go away someday.  People around you, must sooner.  So, I am keeping a picture diary of everything that I might some day recall fondly.

I’m quite happy with it.  The only thing I could wish for is that I could have had all this when I was your age.

Well, you have it.  So you might as well use it to its fullest. found blogging also useful for chronicling an event for others.  For example, when I took students to HMMT (a math competition), I created a special Facebook account just for this.  Now that I know how to use WordPress, I will set up a new account, set the privacy so that the blog is open to all but nobody could search for the site, then share its URL with parents. As long as I set the URL to be something like  no one will accidentally type that to view the blog content.  Then I updated in real time how the students were doing, what they were eating, when they went to bed.  The parents — in remote home towns — could keep up with their students just from my sending emails to this blog.

It’s too bad I had to update “we didn’t’ win any awards!” this year on the event blog, but nonetheless, I’m sure the parents found it invaluable seeing where their children were at all times and what they were doing hour by hour.  Apparently there is a way to also upload videos but I haven’t had a success doing it from my phone yet.  You can always upload to YouTube from your phone, then embed that video into your blog at a later date working on your computer, as I have for this HMMT posting.

You could do the same on Facebook, sure, but this blog is much easier to maintain.  Facebook is never meant to be a place to keep your private information.  On WordPress, the interface and the privacy setting does not change on you as Facebook does.  WordPress is your space alone under your complete control, preserving your memories with digital permanence.

Start today.  When you look back in 40 years, you will be glad you did.

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Date Formatting for a Global Audience

Date Formatting for a Global Audience

By James H. Choi
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There are many things you need to be aware of when you write to a global audience.  What is extremely clear to you could cause confusion in the global reader’s mind.

One such case is the date format.  You should not write a day as 01/02/03.

A date consists of three pieces of information.  Year, month and day. Mathematically speaking there are 6 ways to arrange them, or a 3! (factorial) ways.

But I have used only three of them.

  • Americans use Month/Date/Year.  01/02/03 would be January 2, 2003
  • South Americans and Europeans use Date/Month/Year.  01/02/03 would be February 1, 2003
  • China, Korea, and Japan use Year/Month/Date.  01/02/03 would be February 3, 2001

Other systems might exist, but these three are the ones I have used and they are already enough to cause frustration. These are unnecessary confusions that can be easily avoided.

If you write for a global audience, eliminate the possibility of ambiguities by following these simple rules:

  • Spell out the month (e.g. “February,” not “02”)
  • Write all four digits of the year (e.g. “2003,” not “03”) way, no matter how your writing is arranged, the reader can figure out the date.  This full spelling of the date might seem laborious.  But this is what it takes to be clear in this world of confusing and conflicting standards.

Even when you use software packages such as Excel, always choose formats with four-digit years, spelled-out month names, and the date.

Personally, I find the Chinese interpretation most consistent because it follows the hierarchy of time making it only one that will correctly sort the date/time in a chronological order without any special algorithms.

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