This is Nirvan from 7405N, and today im bringing you a project that 7405N has been working on for the past ~5 months. This project came to be after I had multiple issues with losing my scouting paper and teams just picking based on vex rankings, even though they were a blatant incorrect measure of talent.
Our website is aimed to amend the problems we faced in our own scouting experiences. One of them was the difficulty of writing observations about other teams on a paper, as handwriting would quickly get rushed and messy, and organization was very cumbersome and difficult. Our website contains a page called “Add Team” (currently only accessible to people who have contacted us via the email at the bottom of the site for permissions to directly edit our database) which organizes all the important information to look for during scouting runs into a form that can be filled out during an interview, submitted, and be looked back at again in a list of all recorded teams in a separate page, “Team Breakdown”. All of the information for each individual team can be looked up with a simple search, organized in exactly the format you inputted it in. Another problem we encountered was how long it took to scout every single team in the competition. It was a necessary task as unless we watched every single match there was no way to tell if we were potentially overlooking good teams. This has been amended through “Team Rankings”, a page which employs a handmade machine learning algorithm trained on VexDB data (such as OPR, DPR, CCWM, and TRSP) to predict a team’s competency. The perks of the way our algorithm is set up is that VexDB data is updated live throughout tournaments, providing real-time representation of a tournament’s playing field. In this way, you are able to go down the list in order of ability, ensuring that you are scouting only the people worth your time. For every one of the many competitions we have been to, our algorithm has proved superior to VexDB’s own algorithm for rankings by placing push bots who lucked their way to Elimination Rounds lower than legitimately talented teams who suffered streams of bad luck. For these reasons, we have utmost confidence in our website to become a staple of VEX scouting in the future.
Of course, if you guys have any questions at all, or need clarification on how to use it, feel free to reach out. (my discord is nirvan#0001, if that works better)
All the best,
Nirvan from 7405N
to access the scouting part, just hit scouting in the top right!