Statistical Physics of Sports

00:00 04-01-2007
Sports competitions are investigated using a random process in which a weak team can upset a strong team with a fixed probability. Theoretical analysis of this model, using scaling techniques and extreme statistics methods, captures many observed characteristics of real sports competitions in leagues, tournaments, and championships. This theory helps us understand sports competitions, and provides methods for quantifying parity and competitiveness, as well as efficient algorithms for scheduling games. <SPAN STYLE="display: none"> <P>Acetylenide minutes, pointedly? 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