2008: Four Different Top 30 Rankings of AKC Agility Labradors


AKC Registered Name JH AKC
Rank
NoBo
Rank
%Def
Rank
YPS
Rank
AKC
Pts
NoBo
Pts
%
Def
Ave
YPS
Std
Qs
JWW
Qs
Comp
Size
Call
Name
Paka-Lolo 20 1 1 7 1 2315 1664 93.8% 5.15 29 58 2974 Paka
Lime Creek's Little Bit 20 2 2 5 3 2115 1560 94.7% 5.08 38 40 3197 Bit
Hail To Mr Wiskers Yoshi 24 3 5 29 33 1806 1397 88.0% 4.47 40 46 1432 Yoshi
Lime Creek's Black Taffy 20 4 6 11 8 1626 1301 92.5% 4.94 35 32 2822 Taffy
Sadie's Black Satin 20 5 4 32 24 1571 1447 86.2% 4.58 43 45 3225 Sadie
Lime Creek's Mie Black Beamer 20 6 3 44 31 1551 1500 82.6% 4.48 42 46 3623 Cooper
Kai Lekos 24 7 7 90 94 1257 1171 72.4% 3.88 47 67 1856 Kai
Princess Lily Belle III 24 8 17 3 12 1208 800 94.9% 4.85 22 24 880 Belle
J Mark's Aiming High 20 9 9 10 5 1183 1033 92.9% 4.98 25 24 2714 Amy
McNeil's Back Bay Cheddar 20 10 8 96 76 1132 1122 70.4% 3.99 51 46 2661 Colby
Deep Run Whiskey River 24 11 19 37 40 1055 786 85.1% 4.41 29 22 899 Willie
The Captain's Frequent Flyer 20 12 12 9 7 1052 903 93.1% 4.95 25 22 2156 Ranger
Waterdog's Can'T Stop Me 24 13 18 13 28 1050 799 91.7% 4.53 24 21 1131 ???
Hirsch's Gone With The Wind 20 14 20 4 2 1033 779 94.7% 5.14 18 21 1437 Scarlett
Bigwater Aint Miss Beahavin 20 15 14 19 11 1022 864 90.9% 4.88 30 17 1850 Bea
Lakewood's Chaos 20 16 10 38 23 973 951 85.0% 4.61 25 29 2095 Chaos
Blue Ridge's River Crossing 20 17 13 73 62 953 893 75.0% 4.11 37 35 2522 River
Fox' Maggie May 20 18 11 67 65 933 915 76.8% 4.09 33 34 2414 Maggie
Joemac's Cause For Concern 26 19 32 12 27 917 532 92.3% 4.55 18 15 247 Joey
Valcar's Buttons And Bows 20 20 15 98 81 862 859 70.2% 3.96 35 41 3058 Buttons
Liberty's Remington Special 20 21 21 28 19 854 740 88.0% 4.72 21 18 1163 Remi
Folklaur Command Performance 20 22 16 108 98 851 835 67.3% 3.84 34 50 3011 Pilot
Skyfire's Ellietta Ica 20 23 22 59 50 809 722 78.0% 4.29 20 34 1144 Elie?
Charlene's Encore 24 24 25 36 44 805 674 85.6% 4.35 26 22 804 ???
Crystalclear's Independence 20 25 24 39 32 789 716 84.2% 4.48 26 21 1625 Indy
Ransom's Rocky Mtn Annika 24 26 30 78 83 758 551 73.7% 3.94 25 32 373 Annika?
Sonshine Miss Ellie May 20 27 23 75 74 719 719 74.3% 4.00 26 34 2308 Ellie?
AM Star's Tell It LIke It Is 24 28 47 1 4 693 443 96.7% 4.99 8 16 552 True
Dream Chasers Katie O Chautauqua 20 29 26 127 112 671 666 64.1% 3.75 32 42 2705 ???
Kaltrav Windstorm Mariah 20 30 27 120 117 658 658 65.6% 3.70 36 44 1849 ???
Gryphon Puck Of Emerald Bay 24 31 35 23 22 656 510 89.4% 4.64 13 17 499 Gryphon?
Brandy Old Fashion W. Olives 20 32 28 129 119 650 645 63.4% 3.69 38 35 1823 Brandy
Windycanyon's Dark Ranger 20 33 29 76 61 631 597 74.2% 4.11 23 25 1024 Ranger?
Lime Creek's Midnight Madam 20 34 38 20 9 623 497 89.8% 4.94 12 14 797 Heaux
Epples Macy Day Show Girl 20 35 43 17 18 602 476 91.5% 4.73 15 13 839 Macy
Morning Star's Hell On Wheels 20 39 34 21 10 560 517 89.6% 4.89 11 16 1152 Minx
Augustus Class V At Sealion 20 40 40 18 15 559 485 91.2% 4.81 14 14 1246 ???
Lagniappe's Primeaux Donna 20 45 42 61 26 486 476 77.7% 4.57 17 11 1045 ???
Joemac's Pale Rider 24 46 63 2 6 482 317 96.1% 4.97 8 8 441 Preacher
Abby Jo Kickass 24 50 54 16 30 462 384 91.5% 4.49 14 10 733 Abby
Wetland's Bluegrass Chick 20 53 58 25 21 431 368 88.8% 4.65 11 10 963 ???
Courtneys Madison Girl 20 63 65 22 13 344 293 89.6% 4.85 9 10 661 ???
Morning Star's American Girl 24 66 88 8 14 328 193 93.4% 4.83 4 9 136 ???
Aenghus Highland Runner 24 71 100 6 20 280 170 94.2% 4.66 4 8 274 ???
River Run Jasper Jax 24 76 75 30 36 262 234 87.6% 4.43 9 9 461 ???
Webfoot's Wild West Express 24 77 77 27 16 262 233 88.1% 4.79 6 8 413 Maverick
Stnehvn Outlaw Josie Wells 24 80 87 15 25 254 193 91.6% 4.57 4 9 238 Josie
Lorken's Twist Of Fate 24 90 90 24 29 203 185 88.9% 4.50 4 11 512 Twister
Chaotic Thunder Boomer 20 92 99 26 17 191 170 88.7% 4.74 5 6 453 Hottie
Am Star Baileys Irish Cream 24 109 128 14 34 160 111 91.7% 4.45 4 5 168 Bailey

AKC's normal rankings have two major flaws:

1. The use of bonus points strongly favors dogs that mostly trial in parts of the country where trials are small. Bonus points also distort the rankings by encouraging some 24in Labs to jump 26in, where bonus points are often easier to acquire. The data also shows that bonus points are a little easier to get for 24in Labs than for 20in Labs. Eliminating bonus points, which is what our second ranking does, eliminates both of these problems.

2. But both AKC's normal ranking system and the "no bonus points" ranking still have another major flaw: Both hugely reward dogs that trial a lot vs those that trial maybe once a month or less. Showing up for lots of trials does nothing to prove that a dog is better at agility than a dog that trials less often. Both our "Percentage of Dogs Defeated" ranking and our "Average YPS" ranking eliminate the problem with bonus points and the problem of rewarding entering lots of trials. The first of these two alternative rankings is obtained by dividing the total number of dogs defeated in all of the dog's qualifying runs in 2009 by the total number of (other) dogs entered in these same runs. Similarly, the "Average YPS" ranking is obtained by first averaging the YPSs for all standard qualifying runs in 2008, averaging the YPSs for all of the dog's JWW qualifying runs in 2009, and then taking the average of these two numbers.

By taking these percentages and averages for the entire year, we have eliminated both using bonus points and rewarding the pressure to trial "every other" weekend.

3. A given yps tends to produce a higher percentage of dogs defeated for 24in Labs than for 20in Labs; this suggests that the ranking by average yps is the "purer", and hence the better ranking.

4. Finally, none of these rankings (except very slightly AKC's bonus points) directly reward Labs that have a high qualifying rate.


Comments: If you would like to add comments about these remarks, you can add your views by going to the bottom of the 2009 Final Rankings page.
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