Business items raised at recent national forensics tournaments regarding scheduling seem to be based around issues of an increased number of competitors and a trend for some schools to have a disproportionate amount of competitors in a single event. This paper examines the stated goals in scheduling a tournament as a device that measures the ability of competitors. Stemming from these goals, this paper proposes a novel random scheduling algorithm capable of scheduling a large number of competitors in an individual event. After implementing this algorithm, its performance is measured in relation to its ability to schedule a tournament comparable with given national level competitions. This paper further suggests that there may be a need to establish a method for measuring the fairness of a schedule. This paper concludes with the recommendation that the means of scheduling the most important tournaments be reexamined and that tournaments describe the means by which they will be scheduled.
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"Towards a Novel Tournament Scheduling Algorithm and Statistical Measure of Team Equity in Large Scale Forensic Tournaments,"
Proceedings of the National Developmental Conference on Individual Events: Vol. 5
, Article 9.
Available at: https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/ndcieproceedings/vol5/iss1/9