Record lengths [Was: Re: [r-t] Extensions and calls acting on more than one row]
richard at ex-parrot.com
Thu Oct 28 13:40:04 UTC 2004
Philip Saddleton wrote:
> You didn't - it was apiece of paper provided by a nice fresher. I still have
> it, and it says:
This, I think, is a major amiguity in current decisions, and
one that could easily be resolved.
The current decision on record length peals, (D).D, states
that "the Record Length Peal in a method or group of methods
on a given number of bells shall be the longest length
complying with parts A to D". What precisely is meant by a
"group of methods"?
A pedantic interpretation of the decision suggests that each
distinct combination of methods should have its own record
length. This, however, is not how anyone actually seems to
interpret this decision, and I find it hard to believe that
it was ever intended to be interpreted in this way.
This begs the question, what are the categories of peals for
which length records are kept?
The usual interpretation seems to be that the peal's "title"
is used -- that is, a peal described as "Spliced Surprise
Major (10m)" might be a record length in the "Spliced
Surprise Major" category, an so on. But this just moves the
problem as we now have to decide what the peal titles exist.
Clearly decisions (D)B and (D)C are the first place to look
for this. They define terms such as "Variable Cover" and
"Spliced", presumably for use in peals' titles, but they say
nothing about whether method classes (and perhaps the term
"Differential") should be included in a peal's title.
Certainly, when you see peals in more than one method in the
Ringing World, they are usually published with a method
class in the peals' title.
This, in turn leads to an ambiguity as to which method
class(es) should be used -- a peal of Spliced Little
Surprise could equally be described as just Spliced
Surprise, or more generally as Spliced Treble Dodging or
just Treble Dodging.
If length records were kept in these categories, could a
record length in one category also hold the record in
broader category? For example, the recent 50,400 would be
the current "Treble Dodging Minor" record holder: is it also
the overall "Minor" record holder, or would that category be
reserved for peals with various treble paths?
It seems that, as this is issue of interpretation of the
decisions, the Methods Committee need to clarify how this
decision is supposed to be interpreted. Are any of the
Methods Committee members on this list able to comment?
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