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The logic behind Fanpoints

The logic behind fanpoints

Playcall is a game you play when you are watching a cricket match live.  Cricket is a game where there is a lot of decisions made by the captain in the field of play.  As fans, we have an opinion on each of these decisions. 

Playcall captures fans' decisions in real time and awards fanpoints based on a few key parameters.  I wanted to outline the methodology we use for this -
1.  Captain Alignment Score (CAS):  Simply put, you get points if the captain takes the same decision that you took.
2.  Fan Alignment Score (FAS):  Captain's decision is not always right.  We compare your decision with the decision taken by other fans like you.  And then you are awarded points based on % of respondents who took the same decision as you.  
3.  Mix of CAS and FAS :  A majority of the fans might decide one way.  But the captain might read the match differently and decide differently.  If your decision is the same as the captain's decision in such a scenario - it means that you think like your captain and that you think different from the crowd.  We reward you with special points in such scenarios.
4.  Heuristics : You might take a decision and get points for it based on all the factors provided above.  But your decision might turn out to be a disaster - the batsmen you wanted to bat might get out for a duck or the bowler you wanted to bowl might go for 20 runs in an over.  In these cases, you have to be penalized for your decision - and we do using a heuristic look-back algorithm.

We have identified a lot more ways in which we can make the scoring system more comprehensive and meaningful - and are rolling them out to you.  The idea is to reward fans for thier knowledge and make it fun in the process.  Any ideas you might have that can help us improve are welcome - just send in your ideas to info@fantain.com.  After all, we are a platform built for fans - by fans just like you.

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