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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

The Wonderful World of Simple Mathematics

Apparently, Justin Gatlin didn't set the world record in the 100 meter. He just equaled it. The mistake has been attributed to, get this, a rounding error. Gatlin's time of 9.766 was rounded down to 9.76 instead of the correct 9.77. This leads to two questions.

1.If they keep times to 3 decimal places, why don't they just keep records to 3 decimal places? Is timing not accurate enough for 3 decimal places? If so, why don't they just use a margin of error?

2. Seriously, rounding?

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