I used to play a game called clue with a guy who could reliably win the game in less than 10 rounds. Usually took him 6, but sometimes he had it in 4. I am not going to explain how to play clue, but he tells me your making a lot of assumptions and your accuracy rate is probably about 50% and that the data your collecting is largely good for ball park concepts rather than any good data.
If you want to discuss ballpark concepts, then yes we certainly can because if your killing a lot of pirates, its fair to assume you have a lot of fleets, the problem is that a large number of fleets does not mean you have a strong military, but having a strong industry, presumably means your have a lot of tech, but again, just because you are producing a lot of mines, doesnt mean you have any labs.
I could go on and on without his input, but maybe instead I’ll just ask him to make a post and explain?
The leader boards reliably serve as the whisper that propagate throughout a society. Its easy to see who’s at war, not always so easy to see who is winning. Its easy to see who is building a lot, not easy to see what. These whispers are useful to those who know how to listen. They’ll help keep you from being caught by surprise.