Periodically, there is a list of "People with the pointiest Sticks" displayed in Civilization 5.
How is this value calculated, does it take into account the power of the individual units or is it based mostly on number of units?
And is this value also used by the AI to gauge the military strength of the human player or is that totally seperate? I remember a statement by one of the developers/representatives that the AI always has a rough guess of the player's military strength. But there are also indications that AI scouting is important for the estimation of the player's strength.
My personal observation is that the AI does significantly underestimate a small number of technologically superior units and mocks my puny military that wipes their army out a few turns later. I'm wondering if there are some facts about that known.