NGADM 2017 R2 Stats Analysis!

2017-08-19 19:15:58 by LunacyEcho

Alright guys, let's jump into it! It's time to analyze the tracks and their scores from Round 2 of the NGADM. 

First things first: Here's a list of the overall average scores of everyone from Round 1, sorted from highest to lowest. (Bolded and italicized names won their brackets.)

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01. 9.510 | FinnMK
02. 9.210 | bassfiddlejones + joshgawaldomusic
03. 9.092 | etherealwinds
04. 8.824 | johnfn + ethansight
05. 8.744 | JacobCadmus
06. 8.724 | Phonometrologist
07. 8.700 | CloakedSoup
08. 8.680 | garlagan
09. 8.664 | Metallica1136
10. 8.626 | McGorilla42
11. 8.552 | ThaPredator
12. 8.550 | 1f1n1ty
13. 8.548 | MrKoolTrix
14. 8.462 | Xtrullor + HeliXiX
15. 8.436 | Adjeye
16. 8.310 | Spadezer
17. 8.264 | RetromanOMG
18. 8.156 | LucidShadowDreamer + SnowTeddy
19. 8.134 | Noisysundae
20. 8.128 | ConnorGrail
21. 8.094 | Demon-Wolf
22. 8.056 | KaixoMusic
23. 7.966 | 5TanLey
24. 7.960 | steelside
25. 7.890 | midimachine
26. 7.820 | TolanMusic
27. 7.662 | Techmo-X
28. 7.626 | jimmypig
29. 7.190 | Veronina

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Congrats to FinnMK for the highest-scoring (and my personal favorite) track of Round 2! To be honest, I think this distribution itself is pretty cool. I'd like to direct your attention especially towards ranks 11-13, where ThaPredator and MrKoolTrix had such a close margin between them that the scores had to hit the thousandths place to identify a winner... and yet, 1f1n1ty STILL somehow managed to squeeze a score in between theirs. What a narrow matchup!

To understand what would happen if the scores were normalized, we need to first take a look at each judge's mean and standard deviation (for a better explanation of what this means, check out my post for Round 1). 

Judge | Mean | Standard Deviation

Bosa | 8.363 | 0.643
ChronoNomad | 8.490 | 0.594
ADR3-N | 8.479 | 0.608
samulis | 8.034 | 0.579
TaintedLogic | 8.457 | 0.829

Looking a bit low there, samulis! But that just goes to show how different people's scales can be. Let's see what happens if we normalize the scores to an overall mean of 8.0 and a standard deviation of 1.0 based on this data!

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Rank. Score | Artist | Change in Position

01. 9.767 | FinnMK | -
02. 9.311 | bassfiddlejones + joshgawaldomusic | -
03. 9.157 | etherealwinds | -
04. 8.701 | johnfn + ethansight | -
05. 8.615 | Phonometrologist | +1
06. 8.533 | Metallica1136 | +3
07. 8.500 | JacobCadmus | -2
08. 8.479 | CloakedSoup | -1
09. 8.461 | garlagan | -1
10. 8.317 | ThaPredator | +1
11. 8.315 | McGorilla42 | -1
12. 8.287 | 1f1n1ty | -
13. 8.273 | MrKoolTrix | -
14. 8.158 | Adjeye | +1
15. 8.073 | Xtrullor + HeliXiX | -1
16. 7.876 | Spadezer | -
17. 7.810 | RetromanOMG | -
18. 7.647 | ConnorGrail | +2
19. 7.643 | LucidShadowDreamer + SnowTeddy | -1
20. 7.624 | Noisysundae | -1
21. 7.591 | KaixoMusic | +1
22. 7.569 | Demon-Wolf | -1
23. 7.452 | 5TanLey | -
24. 7.409 | steelside | -
25. 7.258 | midimachine | -
26. 7.171 | TolanMusic | -
27. 6.904 | Techmo-X | -
28. 6.892 | jimmypig | -
29. 6.207 | Veronina | -

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In the end, none of the brackets ended up changing, which means that there is further evidence that all the winners were the right ones! But this is quite lucky, given that half of the musicians had rank changes post-normalization. Interestingly, the scores themselves changed a lot more this time around after normalization than they did for round one—probably because the standard of having a mean of 8.0 and a st.dev of 1.0 was calibrated towards the scores of the first round. In hindsight, I probably should've set a different normalization standard, since the judge stats changed as well. But that's a lesson for next round, I guess!

This time, I also did a more comprehensive analysis of which judges were able to predict the winners correctly. Again, no one actually got all the brackets right, but Bosa came insanely close, with only one incorrect bracket! (He preferred TolanMusic's quaint tunes over Demon-Wolf's glitch rock.) Of the 13 contestable brackets to guess from, Bosa got 12, Chrono got 11, TaintedLogic and samulis both got 10, and ADR3-N got 8. 

Since we had five judges, all brackets were able to have a majority vote, and in all cases (well, except a special one), the majority won. However, the most contested brackets—the ones that went 3 votes to 2—were between CloakedSoup & adjeye, Techmo-X & jimmypig, and RetromanOMG & LucidShadowDreamer + SnowTeddy. However, there was one special bracket. In this one, two judges voted for one side, two voted for the other, ...and samulis gave them both the same score. This "tie between five judges" was none other than ThaPredator vs MrKoolTrix, which also happened to be the closest bracket of the round. Go figure!

Anyways, that's all I have to say for this round. If you want to play around with the numbers yourself, be my guest! You can find the spreadsheet I used here. Thanks again to @gadogry for the statspost inspiration and to @ChronoNomad for organizing the whole shebang. Now get out there and make some more awesome music, y'all!

 


NGADM 2017 R1 Stats Analysis!

2017-08-02 04:18:12 by LunacyEcho
Updated

Even though at this point, Round 2 of the NGADM has concluded and is currently in its judging phase, I thought it might be cool to write up a newspost doing some analysis of the NGADM scores in Round 1

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First things first: Here's a list of the overall average scores of everyone from Round 1, sorted from highest to lowest. (Bolded and italicized names won their brackets.)

01. 9.623 | Phonometrologist
02. 9.290 | garlagan
03. 9.267 | bassfiddlejones + joshgawaldomusic
04. 9.260 | McGorilla42
05. 9.155 | 1f1n1ty
06. 9.098 | etherealwinds
07. 9.023 | FinnMK
08. 8.795 | midimachine
09. 8.709 | johnfn + ethansight
10. 8.665 | EvilRaccoon
11. 8.603 | LucidshadowDreamer | SnowTeddy
12. 8.542 | SoundChris
13. 8.505 | Demon-Wolf
14. 8.488 | CloakedSoup
15. 8.462 | JacobCadmus
16. 8.433 | Xtrullor + HeliXiX
17. 8.403 | Jabicho + peachymaiden
18. 8.400 | ConnorGrail
19. 8.377 | steelside
20. 8.340 | Kor-Rune
21. 8.323 | TolanMusic
22. 8.297 | F-777
23. 8.265 | GhostLawyer
24. 8.158 | MrKoolTrix
25. 8.148 | Papkee
26. 8.073 | NahuPyrope
27. 8.035 | Adjeye
28. 8.007 | Noisysundae
29. 7.932 | larrynachos
30. 7.827 | KaixoMusic
31. 7.795 | InYourDreams
32. 7.782 | Lethalix
33. 7.727 | ThaPredator
34. 7.700 | Ceevro
35. 7.692 | JDawg00100
36. 7.680 | keepwalking
37. 7.675 | Metallica1136
38. 7.673 | Malifex
39. 7.615 | AceMantra
40. 7.602 | Spadezer
41. 7.598 | AzulJazz
42. 7.568 | Eviladrianin
43. 7.525 | 5TanLey
44. 7.472 | Techmo-X
45. 7.462 | Rahmemhotep
46. 7.417 | Larrylarrybb
47. 7.387 | LunacyEcho
48. 7.377 | TSRBand
49. 7.312 | Jimmypig
50. 7.265 | PomicStone
51. 7.248 | ColinMuir
52. 7.127 | JeremyKingVA
53. 7.082 | DivoFST
54. 7.075 | Waidmann
55. 6.863 | SourJovis
56. 6.822 | RetromanOMG
57. 6.680 | Veronina
58. 6.678 | Ectisity
59. 6.633 | DwightFalcon
60. 6.247 | JaThu
61. 6.025 | DrFunkMonkey

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Congrats to Phonometrologist for that crazy crazy high score! Now, let's go deeper into the statistics rabbit hole. Because judging is super subjective, obviously all the judges will have different scales of judging. Perhaps, even though both judges think a song is equally good, SkyeWint's scale might say it's a 7.8, while TaintedLogic might say it's an 8.75. In order to adjust the scores based on these discrepancies, we must first figure out what the judges' scales are, which can be measured through their means (average goodness) and standard deviations (how far they're willing to go from the mean to measure goodness).

Judge | Mean | Standard Deviation

Bosa | 8.083 | 0.917
ChronoNomad | 8.202 | 0.909
EDM364 | 7.843 | 0.992
Samulis | 7.560 | 0.711
SkyeWint | 7.436 | 1.183
TaintedLogic | 8.316 | 0.958

You may wonder why this is significant—this help us understand the different ways that different judges rank songs. For example, Skye's standard deviation was high while Samulis' wasn't, which means that Skye's scores were much more spread out than Samulis'. For Samulis, a good song might be an 8.5 while a bad one is a 6.5, while Skye might see the same good song as an 8.9 and the bad one as a 6.2. 

However, because the judges' scales differ so much, the most accurate way to compare the scores against each other is to normalize them. This is a process to make the scores more fair. To do this, I first took each score for each judge and calculated how many standard deviations it was from the judge's mean. (For example, if ChronoNomad were to judge a song as a 9.11, that would be 1 standard deviation above the mean, because if you add one of CN's standard deviations to his mean, you'd get 9.11.) Then, I rescaled all of the judges to have a mean of 8 and a standard deviation of 1. This way, it's a more even comparison of opinions, with factors like leniency or strictness mitigated.

That said, here's what the scores would look like after normalization, as well as an analysis of which ranks changed as a result! 

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Rank. Score | Artist | Change in position

01. 9.829 | Phonometrologist | -
02. 9.525 | garlagan | -
03. 9.462 | McGorilla42 | +1
04. 9.409 | bassfiddlejones + joshgawaldomusic | -1
05. 9.355 | 1f1n1ty | -
06. 9.286 | etherealwinds | -
07. 9.185 | FinnMK | -
08. 8.913 | midimachine | -
09. 8.846 | johnfn + ethansight | -
10. 8.774 | EvilRaccoon | -
11. 8.742 | LucidShadowDreamer + SnowTeddy | -
12. 8.680 | SoundChris | -
13. 8.639 | Demon-Wolf | -
14. 8.620 | ConnorGrail | +4
15. 8.599 | CloakedSoup | -1
16. 8.561 | Xtrullor + HeliXiX | -
17. 8.533 | JacobCadmus | -2
18. 8.531 | Kor-Rune | +2
19. 8.498 | steelside | -
20. 8.461 | Jabicho + peachymaiden | -3
21. 8.423 | GhostLawyer | +2
22. 8.404 | F-777 | -
23. 8.355 | TolanMusic | -2
24. 8.260 | Papkee | +1
25. 8.252 | MrKoolTrix | -1
26. 8.193 | NahuPyrope | -
27. 8.121 | Noisysundae | +1
28. 8.108 | Adjeye | -1
29. 8.040 | larrynachos | -
30. 7.908 | Lethalix | +2
31. 7.898 | KaixoMusic | -1
32. 7.890 | InYourDreams | -1
33. 7.832 | ThaPredator | -
34. 7.800 | keepwalking | +2
35. 7.796 | JDawg00100 | -
36. 7.778 | Metallica1136 | +1
37. 7.764 | Ceevro | -3
38. 7.733 | Malifex | -
39. 7.694 | AzulJazz | +2
40. 7.671 | AceMantra | -1
41. 7.647 | Spadezer | -1
42. 7.610 | Eviladrianin | -
43. 7.588 | 5TanLey | -
44. 7.537 | Rahmemhotep | +1
45. 7.509 | Techmo-X | -1
46. 7.500 | LunacyEcho | +1
47. 7.487 | TSRBand | +1
48. 7.438 | larrylarrybb | -2
49. 7.368 | Jimmypig | -
50. 7.311 | PomicStone | -
51. 7.288 | ColinMuir | -
52. 7.163 | JeremyKingVA | -
52. 7.163 | DivoFST | -
54. 7.125 | Waidmann | -
55. 6.884 | SourJovis | -
56. 6.862 | RetromanOMG | -
57. 6.708 | Ectisity | +1
58. 6.657 | Veronina | -1
59. 6.584 | DwightFalcon | -
60. 6.250 | JaThu | -
61. 6.101 | DrFunkMonkey | -

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Basically, lots of ranks did, in fact, change due to score normalization! Luckily, the matchups were such that there were only two where the outcome changed post-normalization—and funnily enough, they were the two tightest matchups of R1, having to go into the thousandths place to get a winner! In other words, commiserations to AzulJazz and Ectisity, who were beaten by Spadezer and Veronina respectively (but arguably shouldn't have). 

A couple other interesting statistical tidbits:

  • ConnorGrail was bumped up by a whopping four ranks post-normalization, which means the results would've changed had he faced off against CloakedSoup, Xtrullor + HeliXiX, JacobCadmus, or Jabicho + peachymaiden. Luck of the draw there, Connor.
  • The person whose scores would've changed the most thanks to normalization was garlagan, whose score would've risen by 0.234 points. After that, we have ConnorGrail (+0.218), Phonometrologist (+0.205), 1f1n1ty (+0.200), and McGorilla42 (+0.200). 
  • Almost everyone's scores rose post-normalization (perhaps I should've chosen a lower normalized mean, lol). Only three people's scores actually went down, and not by much: JaThu (-0.001), Veronina (-0.026), and DwightFalcon (-0.053).
  • It's fun to see which judges are the best at predicting what the overall results will be. No judge actually accurately predicted the outcome of every single bracket, but our most accurate judge was SkyeWint, who was only off on 4 brackets. Bosa, on the opposite end, was off on 10 brackets, which is still a thankfully low amount.

And that's my statistical analysis for the NGADM 2017 Round 1 scores! If you want a copy of the spreadsheet I used to play around with, I've uploaded it here.

If you've made it to the end of this insanely long newspost, thanks so much for reading! All my love to @ChronoNomad et al. for hosting this wonderful tournament, and I'm so excited to follow the NGADM for the next few months and experience all the amazing music I'm sure will be created by its excellent musicians.


NGADM 2017 Round One Tracklist!

2017-07-10 12:59:01 by LunacyEcho
Updated

At the time of this newspost’s writing, the first official round of the NGADM 2017 has just about finished u—

…aaaand according to @ChronoNomad, there’s two more days for everyone to finish up their tracks! YAY MORE MUSIC

Anyways, the reason I’m writing this post is to have a Newgrounds-based repository for NGADM links for ease of organization and browsing. But actually, there are a great many more better versions of this out there: @EvilRaccoon has his Round Watcher, @johnfn has his Chips Bracket, and @LucidShadowDreamer will probably one-up this post in about two minutes. (And while we're linking people, thanks to @camoshark for the post formatting!)

Buuuuut the two main reasons I'm making this are so that the NGADM has a tracklist on its home page of Newgrounds, and so that it'll be easier for me to make a soon-to-come newspost with some statistical analysis of the scores' scores.

That said, here’s the list! 

 

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*~-~ROUND ONE~-~* 
(Round of 64)

1

1f1n1ty | Seres

bassfiddlejones + joshgawaldomusic | Reveries

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2

Phonometrologist | Willow Wasteland: Fantasia

garlagan | Slowing Down

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3

SoundChris | The Secret of Satera Prime

EvilRaccoon | Sunset Highwave

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4

AceMantra | Colossal Encounter

Noisysundae | Getting started

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5

JacobCadmus | Till We Fall Again

GhostLawyer | Kytoon - Love Me

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6

etherealwinds | War and Peace

LucidShadowDreamer + SnowTeddy | Vaeltaja

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7

F-777 | Super Duper

Xtrullor + HeliXiX | Catharsis

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8

johnfn + ethansight | After the Rain

Kor-Rune | If I Knew

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9

NahuPyrope | Last Will

FinnMK | The Afterlust

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10

SourJovis | Invasion of the Court of Hearts

ConnorGrail | Deadshot Desperado

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11

SteveSyz | TBA

5TanLey | Neurobop

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12

DwightFalcon | [0003-DCOF] 血祭

JDawg00100 | Codename: Tom Selleck

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13

Demon-Wolf | Shadow Steps

Lethalix | Ravenholt

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14

TolanMusic | Tale of a Scion

TSRBand | Gravity Slam

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15

larrylarrybb | Dark, Lost Soul

Malifex | The City Sleeps

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16

midimachine | toil

Jabicho + peachymaiden | Hidden Lines

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17

Metallica1136 | Breaking Through

Rahmemhotep | You Are The Air I Breathe

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18

KaixoMusic | Desistance

InYourDreams | The rise of the machine

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19

CloakedSoup | Carpe Diem

Papkee | Timekeeper

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20

Adjeye | Rushing into Deepness

JeremyKingVA | All the Shades Between

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21

Namice | TBA

steelside | Never Told Her

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22

ekacity | Endowment

Veronina | Keep Falling

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23

LunacyEcho | Dust Sweeper

Techmo-X | Stardust

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24

Jimmypig | XS - Aurelius

Waidmann | Chordive

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25

Ceevro | Battle In The Halls

ThaPredator | -Starfight-

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26

MrKoolTrix | Quirky Quest

DivoFST | Go away

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27

DrFunkMonkey | Funkotron Zone

larrynachos | A Little Older A Little Wiser

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28

McGorilla42 | Kids

PomicStone | Love Beyond Time

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29

AzulJazz | Mi Pasion

Spadezer | Call of the Warrior

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30

frank-n-furter666 | TBA

keepwalking | Sky travellers

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31

RetromanOMG | Osman - "Stardancer"

JaThu | Gottcha

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32

ColinMuir | A Whisper From The Heart.

Eviladrianin | In An Underwater Citadel

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Good luck to you all.

 

 


NGADM '15 Round 1 "Analysis"

2015-08-27 06:30:44 by LunacyEcho
Updated

So the results for the first round of the Newgrounds Audio Death Match have come out! There's lots of numbers, and I thought it might be fun to look at the numbers and see if anything interesting came up. Disclaimer: I am by no means an expert mathematician, and I might be completely wrong in my understanding of some of these concepts! But hopefully it'll be able to satisfy anyone who's curious to see the scores in a different light. :P

Round 1 Entries by Score

??) - N/A - frootza

01) - 9.38 - bassfiddlejones + joshgawaldomusic
02) - 9.25 - dem0lecule + LucidShadowDreamer
03) - 9.22 - SoundChris + JacobCadmus
04) - 9.10 - PirateCrab
05) - 8.96 - midimachine

06) - 8.87 - LunacyEcho
07) - 8.82 - Azhthar
08) - 8.81 - DSykMusic
09) - 8.75 - SkyeWint
10) - 8.73 - papkee
11) - 8.68 - aliaspharow
12) - 8.62 - IglicaV

13) - 8.59 - Metallica1136
14) - 8.53 - EliteFerrex
15) - 8.52 - Jabicho
16) - 8.46 - NyxTheShield
17) - 8.43 - BlazingDragon
17) - 8.43 - LiquidOoze
17) - 8.43 - lordedri
17) - 8.43 - SolarexMusic
21) - 8.42 - Lich
22) - 8.41 - LunyAlex
23) - 8.40 - Tyven
24) - 8.34 - JDawg00100
25) - 8.20 - Stadler
26) - 8.18 - Mawnz
27) - 8.16 - Analogstik
28) - 8.15 - Phonometrologist
28) - 8.15 - Yahtzei
30) - 8.14 - ChronoNomad
30) - 8.14 - Jimmypig
32) - 8.03 - AeronMusic
33) - 8.02 - Camoshark
33) - 8.02 - Ceevro
35) - 7.97 - nubbinownz
36) - 7.95 - InYourDreams
37) - 7.93 - TheMoebiusProject
38) - 7.89 - thebitterroost
39) - 7.87 - Sequenced
40) - 7.84 - Braiton
41) - 7.80 - Jacob
41) - 7.80 - Marterro
43) - 7.77 - DivoFST
44) - 7.75 - larrynachos
45) - 7.74 - adieuwinter
45) - 7.74 - JustinOfSuburbia
47) - 7.73 - Voltus
48) - 7.50 - Chemiqals
49) - 7.38 - DjAbbic
50) - 7.32 - SourJovis
51) - 7.31 - Nimble
52) - 7.18 - Birdinator99
52) - 7.18 - Crueldeity
54) - 6.85 - SilverPoyozo
55) - 6.67 - Pandasticality
56) - 6.65 - Athanatos

The score breakdowns are actually quite interesting! The scores in general seem to be quite high, with a median score of 8.14. There were also lots of ties this year, complete with a 4-way tie for 17th place! The groupings this year were also full of surprises. We had Group C, where no one submitted except frootza, which means he didn't have to be scored, since he moved on directly! We also had the insane Group P, with the dream team of dem0 and LSD taking home a victory over three other high-scorers. All four scores in Group P were in the top 17, and every member had a number of groups in which they would've advanced, had they been seeded into them!

Speaking of groups, here are the group averages and medians, so you can see how competitive the groups were!

Round 1 Groups by Average Score

Rank - Average - Median - Group - Winner

??) - N/A - N/A - Group C - frootza

01) - 8.81 - 8.77 - Group P - dem0lecule + LucidShadowDreamer
02) - ​8.65 - 8.41 - Group L - bassfiddlejones + joshgawaldomusic
03) - 8.59 - 8.70 - Group D - SoundChris + JacobCadmus
04) - 8.53 - 8.43 - Group E - SkyeWint
05) - 8.36 - 8.45 - Group A - PirateCrab
06) - 8.29 - 8.18 - Group N - EliteFerrex
07) - 8.25 - 8.32 - Group K - IglicaV
08) - 8.24 - 8.09 - Group J - Azhthar
09) - 8.05 - 7.98 - Group I  - NyxTheShield
10) - 8.02 - 7.97 - Group G - midimachine
11) - 7.95 - 8.00 - Group H - Lich
12) - 7.79 - 8.05 - Group O - JDawg00100
13) - 7.64 - 7.85 - Group F - thebitterroost
14) - 7.58 - 7.67 - Group M - ChronoNomad
15) - 7.43 - 7.20 - Group B - aliaspharow

So not only did the three team entries get the three highest scores, they topped the three most competitive group brackets as well! There's also some interesting relationships when you factor in the medians, because using them, the top three most competitive groups become P, D, and A. The groups with the largest difference between the average and median are groups O, L, and B, with differences of 0.26, 0.24, and 0.23 respectively. 

It's not just the contestants that make up the NGADM - it's the judges too. An NG user named gadogry used to do analyses of previous NGADMs where he would calculate the average score and standard deviation of each judge. Personally, I just learned what standard deviation was a few hours ago at the time of this writing, so I'm going to try something similar, and please correct me if you see any mistakes!

Round 1 Judges (Average Score/Standard Deviation)

StepW - 8.36 / 0.764
MetalRenard - 7.97 / 0.762
stunkel - 8.23 / 0.630
TaintedLogic - 7.99 / 1.107
Neon-Bard - 8.23 / 0.629
Geoplex - 8.14 / 0.826

Thanks to gadogry for clearing up what standard deviations are! Visit the comments section to learn more about this statistical stuff from gadogry himself or if you want to share your own thoughts on the matter! (And especially visit if you see any errors!) If you want to see the actual numbers I used to calculate this stuff (which is now outdated because of a few mistakes I made), you can download my spreadsheet here

Anyways, I hope I've been able to satisfy some curious minds about the first round of this year's NGADM! I'm looking forward to rounds to come, and will be following it closely. Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoyed it!


Newgrounds Puzzle

2015-04-18 15:23:01 by LunacyEcho
Updated

So, I was thinking about Newgrounds and its bevy of amazing content producers, when I came to the realization that there was a specific attribute that some Newgrounders embodied and others didn't. Interestingly, I also thought it would make a nice puzzle. I'm not entirely sure how difficult it is, but if you want to take a whack at it, here it is!

What specific attribute is shared by many Newgrounders, including:

LunacyEcho, Step, Mattashi, sorohanro, DuttonsaysHI, samulis, etc.

This attribute is also not shared by many Newgrounders, including:

15thDimension, Waterflame, Sequenced, LucidShadowDreamer, Kor-Rune, Ectisity, etc.


Resolution

2015-04-05 14:41:02 by LunacyEcho

Well, I'm a bit late, but I've finished my genre project! Man, a lot can happen in a year! I wrote thirty-one songs in different genres, I passed the audition stage for the NGADM and made it to the finals of the NGAUC, and I learned much, much more about music than I thought I'd ever know, and for that, I'm quite proud of myself.

I'm not quite sure where I'm going to go now musically; I suspect I'll just write whatever comes to me and post those whenever. If anyone stuck with me through the whole thing, I'd like to say thanks! And if anyone's just finding my music and reading my news posts now, I'd like to suggest that you stick with me for a while! You never know what might come next.

Genre List (these links were done pretty haphazardly, so please tell me if I've made any mistakes!):

Classical

Jazz

Solo Instrument

Ambient

Chipstep

Dance

Drum N Bass

Dubstep

House

Industrial

New Wave

Techno

Trance

Video Game

Hip Hop - Modern

Hip Hop - Olskool

Nerdcore

R&B

Brit Pop

Classic Rock

General Rock

Grunge

Heavy Metal 

Indie

Pop

Punk

Cinematic

Experimental

Funk

Fusion

Goth

Miscellaneous

Ska

World

Bluegrass

Blues

Country

 


Aspiration

2014-03-19 11:21:54 by LunacyEcho
Updated

Goals.

They're things you work hard for. Things you strive to. Things that, with commitment, you will one day achieve.

In short, keeping goals is one of the things that I am most horrible at.

 

I don't have the best sense of perseverence. I try something, and if I don't like it, I'm usually gone within the hour, so to speak. If I enjoy, boy oh boy, if I dislike, take a hike. Ergo, goals are something that seem completely anathema to me. It's not something I particularly like about myself, but it's in my nature, and I have to comply to it. 

Or do I?

 

I've never been good at setting goals for myself. However, I'm feeling more inspired today, so I'm setting a goal for myself, right here, right now, on Newgrounds. I figure that if I ever feel like dropping out or not doing it, I'll just have to look at my front page and go, "Damn. I put it on a news post. I can't quit now! People are expecting things from me!" and all that. It also gives me an excuse not to change my front page post, as I've been feeling guilty for not changing it for so long.

For the goal that I want to set, I want it to be something that expands my horizon and my knowledge of music, but it's also got to be something that I find interesting and actually have a chance of completing (e.g., I won't do "must do 1,000 songs by June" or something like that). After some thought, I decided.

Here's my goal. It's March 19, 2014. By March 19, 2015, I want to have at least one song in every single genre category on Newgrounds. That's right. All 37 of them. Currently, I have a total of 6, which are Miscellaneous, Video Game, Chipstep, Techno, Drum 'N' Bass, and General Rock. 

Not the worst start, but I definitely need to up my game. I'll continue editing this post throughout the year whenever I put up a song that fits a new category, linking it to the song that I've just put up. I was thinking of recategorizing some of my older songs into genres that fit them better, but that feels a bit more like cheating than adding songs I've already made to the list. I'll just stick to what I have.

I'm really excited, guys. I'm doing it, and I'm going to feel good doing it. And if I don't, well, that's my problem. 31 songs in a year doesn't seem like that impressive of a goal, but 31 songs of different genres? That's two and a half per month! And I'll have to keep learning the nuances of the different styles and everything! This is going to test me, but I'm going to do my best to finish as much as I can as well as I can.

 

For reference, here's a list of the genres that I already have finished. As the year progresses, I'll update the news post, linking each genre to my oldest song that fits the category. By March 19, 2015, I hope to have all 37 of those genres colored a neat, bold orange. Here we go.  

Classical

Jazz

Solo Instrument

Ambient

Chipstep

Dance

Drum N Bass

Dubstep

House

Industrial

New Wave

Techno

Trance

Video Game

Hip Hop - Modern

Hip Hop - Olskool

Nerdcore

R&B

Brit Pop

Classic Rock

General Rock

Grunge

Heavy Metal 

Indie

Pop

Punk

Cinematic

Experimental

Funk

Fusion

Goth

Miscellaneous

Ska

World

Bluegrass

Blues

Country


Reciprocation

2014-01-31 17:25:45 by LunacyEcho

Apparently, it's high time I wrote one of these news post things.

 

Hi. Chances are, you'll know me as LunacyEcho, the musician who you probably stumbled upon by accident. Unless, of course, you saw one of my reviews and clicked me, thinking it would be interesting. There's also the chance you came here because you saw a link in someone else's news posts. In fact, there's many different ways you could've heard about me and reached this message. 

I think that the beauty of a site like Newgrounds is not only that you can share stuff you create with other people, but if you submerge yourself deeper within inner Newgrounds, you'll find that the people you follow or watch can lead you to other people as well. For example, the main reason I'm as popular as I am now (comparatively popular to my older self, not the rest of Newgrounds) is because of steampianist, who not only scouted me for the Audio Portal but recommended people to listen to me in one of his news posts. I love it when people do that. It allows more people to access more and more things, leading to a general sense of enrichment.

I think I'll pay the universe back a bit and recommend someone else who, like me, recently emerged onto Newgrounds and started uploading stuff. LucidShadowDreamer. He's a great musician who, with some more practice, has the potential to be the next mini-Step. Sadly, he's going to do military stuffs, so he's going to be uploading a ton of stuff he's already finished over the course of the next year or so. I'm still looking forward to it, and I hope every (if any) one who reads this checks him out as well. 

 

I think the reason I spend so much time in Newgrounds is because I like making people happy. I review things to show people that they deserve attention, I upload music for people to listen to, and now I'm recommending people so that the recommended and the recommendees both get some benefit. In fact, the only person who doesn't really benefit is me, since I've already heard of everyone I'm recommending and I'm just wasting precious time typing this up. I'm doing this for you, guys. It's all for you.