Partial Perfect-N Chart Generator
"Young and Pope" Pinewood Racing Charts

About the Charts

Partial Perfect-N (PPN) Charts are a concept expounded to me by Cory Young, under the name They are "final standing" charts, which span the most of the gaps in Perfect-N charts. They satisfy most of the Perfect-N criteria.

A PPN chart is one which satisfies these conditions:
   1. Each car races the same number of times in each lane (which implies that the number of races is a multiple of the number of cars)
2. Equality of opposition is optimized, i.e., no head-to-head matchup count exceeds another by more than 1.

There are no known PPN (or better) charts for the following cases: 5 lanes: 20 and 22 cars; 6 lanes: 16, 17, 29, 30, 32, 33, and 34 cars. (Many of these cases fall near Perfect-N charts ... which seems to be a complicating factor.) Lower quality charts, labeled "Miscellaneous", are produced for these options. Whether the chart is used for awarding trophies or screening for a more accurate finals, more accurate results will be accomplished by running byes in a PPN chart constructed for a slightly larger number of cars.

Accuracy of the PPN charts ranks below Perfect-N, slightly better than Stearns, and above Double Elimination.

This page produces Perfect-N and Complementary Perfect-N charts when the chart selection parameters allow. Otherwise, it generates Partial Perfect-N charts or, as a last resort "Miscellaneous" charts. The page title tells the type.

Need help on specifying chart parameters? Go Here!
For information on usage of the mechanized "Scorekeeper" chart option, see Scorekeeper Help.

If requested charts, scoresheets, etc. do not appear, make sure that you are not blocking pop-up windows. (Recent browser releases, e.g. Chrome, seem to block pop-ups more aggressively.)

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Making a Chart

Chart Title
Enter the main title for the chart:
 
Chart Selection
Enter Number of Lanes (2 thru 6):
Enter Number of Cars (2 thru 200):
Enter Number of Rounds (1 thru 12):
(3-5 Lane charts mostly limited to 2 rounds;
6 Lanes mostly limited to 1 round.)
 
Output Selection
Select type of output:
 
Heat Ordering Options
Selecting "Medium" weight for each criterion produces excellent heat sequence. Chart generation times increase when ordering options are used.
Keep heat counts even? Weight:
Avoid cars in consecutive races? Weight:
Avoid cars in the same lanes in consecutive races? Weight:
 

Latest revisions:
9/11/99: Permit display of multiple simultaneous charts.
12/8/99: Correct Chart type for case 6 Lanes, 31 Cars.
12/28/99: Correct Chart type for case 5 Lanes, 9 Cars, 2 Rounds
2/16/2000: Add tab-delimited output.
4/8/2000: Improve "keep heat counts even" ordering algorithm and
improve descriptions in the input form.
4/15/2000: Reformat and retitle the page;
provide diagnostic output option;
put "separate scoresheet" on a separate page.
5/2/2000: Correct chart type checking for Complementary Perfect N Charts.
5/27/2000: Reduce script size to accomodate some browsers;
Show estimated time to order charts if estimate exceeds 30 seconds.
1/17/2001: Increase car limit to 200
1/23/2001: Add charts for 13 and 19 cars on 3 lanes.
3/21/2001: Updated zip file to current.
1/31/2004: Corrected 5 lane charts for 60 to 200 cars.
1/31/2004: Updated zip file to current.
3/11/2014: Possible issue with Chrome.
11/20/2014: Chrome issue resolved. Don't block pop-ups!

Copyright 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004 © by Stan Pope and All rights reserved. Permission is granted to store this file unchanged on your computer for "off-line" chart generation for your pack, district, or council races.
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