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A mathematical analysis of badminton scoring systems

Percy, DF 2015, 'A mathematical analysis of badminton scoring systems' , in: Operational Research Applied to Sports , Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 181-200.

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Abstract

The International Badminton Federation recently introduced rule changes to make the game faster and more entertaining, by influencing how players score points and win games. We assess the fairness of both systems by applying combinatorics, probability theory and simulation to extrapolate known probabilities of winning individual rallies into probabilities of winning games and matches. We also measure how effective the rule changes are by comparing the numbers of rallies per game and the scoring patterns within each game, using data from the 2006 Commonwealth Games to demonstrate our results. We then develop subjective Bayesian methods for specifying the probabilities of winning. Finally, we describe how to propagate this information with observed data to determine posterior predictive distributions that enable us to predict match outcomes before and during play.

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Wright, M
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Health and Wellbeing
Media, Digital Technology and the Creative Economy
Schools: Schools > Salford Business School > Salford Business School Research Centre
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Refereed: Yes
ISBN: 9781137534651
Funders: not applicable
Depositing User: Professor D. F. Percy
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2015 14:58
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2015 00:46
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/36280

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