This thread has sparked some interesting discussion on quantitative/qualitative scouting. Since I see this as a spectrum rather than a binary decision, I thought I’d make a poll to guide some discussion. So, where is your team on the quantitative/qualitative scouting spectrum? Specifically in regards to alliance selection. I understand this is a difficult thing to quantify, so I tried to provide some guideposts. These are just to try to help give people a feel for what these categories represent, so feel free to reply with 7 even if your system isn’t exactly like the description.
The line between quantitative and qualitative is fuzzy, for the purposes of this thread, let’s define quantitative to be numerical or enumerable metrics found during match play that can be independently verified. Basically, let’s say objective=quantitative and subjective=qualitative. So for example, “vault cubes scored” would be quantitative since everyone collecting this metric will give the same answer and the “correctness” of the data can (at least theoretically) be objectively verified. However, “driving ability” on a 1-5 scale is qualitative because two scouts can reasonably put different answers, and neither will be objectively correct.
Why are you at the position you are at? Do you want to move more in one direction or the other next year? Does the optimal position on this spectrum vary depending on scouting team size?