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    Gary Knox June 16, 2006, 1:35 a.m. (Message 45570)

    I also find it disturbing when the 4th couple stays in second place when the
    4th and 5th couples share. Here is an analysis that I did a while back.
    
    Gary,
    San Francisco Branch
    
    
    4th Couple stays in 2nd place					
    
    	1st	2nd	3rd	4th	5th
    
    1	1c	2c	3c		
    2	1c		2c	3c	
    3		1c	2c	3c	
    4		1c		2c	3c
    5			1c	2c	3c
    6	3c		1c		2c
    7	3c			1c	2c
    8	3c			2c	1c
    
    Times	5	3	5	6	5
    
    Pro:	Easier to stay in 2nd, not always easy to get to bottom
    	
    Con:	2nd couple gets to dance very few times
    	2nd couple never gets to dance as 3rd couple
    	1st couple never gets to dance as 2nd couple
    	
    	
    	
    	
    
    4th Couple dances to the bottom	
    
    	1st	2nd	3rd	4th	5th
    
    1	1c	2c	3c		
    2	1c		2c	3c	
    3		1c	2c	3c	
    4		1c		2c	3c
    5			1c	2c	3c
    6	3c		1c		2c
    7	3c			1c	2c
    8	2c	3c			1c
    
    Times	5	4	5	5	5
    
    Pro:	All couples dance about the same number of times
    
    	All couples dance at least once from each position
    
    					
    Con:	It may be dificult for 4th couple to get to the bottom
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    Iain Boyd June 16, 2006, 4:02 a.m. (Message 45571, in reply to message 45570)

    Dear Malcolm and Gary,
       
      Thank you for your comments and analysis.
       
      I will try and implement your suggestion.
       
      However, as Gary stated, it is not always easy for fourth couple to
      remove themselves and go to the bottom without causing added
      confusion.
       
      Also, it could be confusing on the beginners and the less
      experienced dancers - although I do try and ensure that fourth and
      fifth couples are more experienced dancers.
       
      I should have added in my original email that sometimes dancers take
      the opportunity to sit out rather than form a 5-, 7- or two 3-couple
      sets.
       
      Regards,
       
      Iain Boyd
       
    
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