Originally Posted by Grisabella
actually, by defination if it was "random", then there is no evidence that they DIDN'T face it equally. Not the other way round
putting all this into plain English, all I'm saying is that even if EXACTLY the same number of votes were ATTEMPTED for Clay as for Ruben, out of the roughly 24,000,000 successful votes, an ACTUAL vote discrepancy of 134,000 in one direction or the other could VERY EASILY occur. The random factors that constitute "noise" include the fact that not all completed calls are the same length, phone systems are more overloaded in some areas than others, and the fans of Clay and Ruben are not evenly distributed across calling areas.
So those 134,000 votes are really not worth much as evidence that more votes were attempted for Ruben than for Clay. They don't really indicate that if there had been enough phone lines open to handle all attempted calls, Ruben would have received more votes.
yes, I quite agree. But that is not a statistical tie.
As to "... on pitch, but... didn't HIT it," that's just semantics.
not so. There is much much more to singing that being in tune. Clay was in tune, but he did not hit the note. I can't even really believe that people are arguing it wasn't a mistake. If clay did it intentionally then why did he sing it differently the second time round. This has me perplexed