Just a quick off-season note: I haven’t been blogging much at all, but I did put all the finishing touches on my book, Thermo for Normals: Everyday Thermodynamics for non-scientists. If you are a regular reader of this site, you have the technical expertise to read and understand it, as it takes a look at thermodynamics from an accessible perspective. Here’s the link: Thermo for Normals
Are you ready for some filler? How about some specious boxing analogies? Let’s roll!
|Caleb Johnson||Dream On / Maybe I’m Amazed / As Long As You Love Me||57.667||61.7||32||0.585|
|Jena Irene||Dog Days Are Over / Can’t Help Falling in Love / We Are One||65.333||38.3||68||0.415|
The contest is far from a runaway for Jena Irene, but it certainly doesn’t look bad for her.
No matter what happens tomorrow, we will see some Idol history made.
Dialidol (which the IdolAnalytics projection model no longer uses) registered no busy signals for Caleb, but did register some for Jena. If she loses, that will be the first time Dialidol did not project the winner correctly. However, there is no particular reason for us to believe it, since Dialidol has been anti-correlated with being safe this year. It will also be a record for Votefair, which has had the winner up only half the time, but never missed by more than 18.5 percentage points (Jena is currently up by 44 points).
On the other hand, Jena would be the first wild-card to win, and the first to win with a trip to the bottom group when her opponent had never been (this result may not be significant, though).
As such, I’m somewhat comfortable with the assigned odds, which I mentioned before I felt were pretty even. I would not be shocked in the least if Caleb wins. The contest is a bit like a coin flip, though one side of the coin is just a bit heavier than the other.
I’ll update later in the day. Note that I’ve flipped MJs poll since she asked “Who Will Win?” instead of “Who will go home?”
Below are the running stats for the model performance this year. The assigned probabilities have been more accurate than I could have hoped for within one season. Contestants projected with a probability of being not-safe in any category with more than 10 projections were usually right in the middle of the range. In the bin from 50-60%, 8 out of 10 were not-safe, making those possibly a little hesitant, but with such a small sample size it’s impossible to tell. The one dim spot was in the very low end, from 10 to 20%, with only 2 of 26 (8%) being not-safe, lower than 15%, but again it’s still well within the confidence interval (binomial proportion estimate at 95%).
Idol is evidently bowing to the clear superiority of a Tuesday/Wednesday broadcast with this year’s finale. Clearly. They must have finally listened to me. Anyway, you know the drill: Jena and Caleb will be facing off for the last time, and singing whatever dreck has been written for the finale as well as two other songs. And away we go. Continue reading
That’s it! Last video of the year (phew). If you missed the other ones, you can see all of my video retrospectives here.