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How good is Tiger Woods?

Baker, RD and McHale, IG 2012, 'How good is Tiger Woods?' , Mathematics Today, 48 (3) , pp. 124-126.

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Abstract

A major objective of professional sport is to find out which player or team is the best. Unfortunately the structure of some sports means that this is often a difficult question to answer. For example, there may be too many competitors to run a round-robin league, whilst knock-out tournaments do not compare every player with every other player. The problem gets worse when one has to compare players whose performance varies over time. Fortunately mathematical modelling can help and in this article, we use the Plackett-Luce model to estimate time-varying player strengths of golfers. We use the model to investigate how good golf's current biggest attraction, Tiger Woods, really is.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Business & Law > Salford Business School > Centre for Sports Business
Journal or Publication Title: Mathematics Today
Publisher: Institute of Mathematics and its Applications
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1361-2042
Depositing User: Prof Rose Dawn Baker
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2012 11:28
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:28
URI: http://usir.eprints.org/id/eprint/22851

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