So, this has been boiling up in my stomach for the past week or so. I've mentioned it on the server repeatedly, but nobody really wants to hear a pedantic rant about mathematical terminology when they're trying to kill BLUFOR. So here goes:

KDR is an acronym that stands for Kill:Death Ratio. a Ratio is defined "the magnitude of quantities relative to each other" (source: Wikipedia). They are traditionally expressed in a A:B format, so if you'd killed people and died twice you'd have a Kill:Death Ratio of 5:2. Ratios are often simplified to a single number. In the previous case, it would simplify to 2.5. This simplification is what people generally refer to when they speak of KDR. Note that, no matter what the numbers plugged into it, the result is

KD is a distinct metric; it's an acronym for Kill Death, and generally is interpreted as Kills-Deaths. Thus, if you killed 1 person and died a thousand times, your KD would be -999. If you killed 5 people and died twice, your KD would be 3.

I hope this post has convinced you not to refer to a "positive" or "negative" KDR.

**"positive KDR" is a meaningless statement, as a KDR can never be negative.**KDR is an acronym that stands for Kill:Death Ratio. a Ratio is defined "the magnitude of quantities relative to each other" (source: Wikipedia). They are traditionally expressed in a A:B format, so if you'd killed people and died twice you'd have a Kill:Death Ratio of 5:2. Ratios are often simplified to a single number. In the previous case, it would simplify to 2.5. This simplification is what people generally refer to when they speak of KDR. Note that, no matter what the numbers plugged into it, the result is

**never negative**. If you killed 1 person and died a thousand times, you'd have a positive KDR of 0.001. It's incredibly small, but it's positive. If you kill 0 people and died once, you've got a KDR of 0, but this is still not negative.**There is a number that can be negative. This is conventionally refered to as KD.**KD is a distinct metric; it's an acronym for Kill Death, and generally is interpreted as Kills-Deaths. Thus, if you killed 1 person and died a thousand times, your KD would be -999. If you killed 5 people and died twice, your KD would be 3.

I hope this post has convinced you not to refer to a "positive" or "negative" KDR.

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