Deterministic evolution of strength in multiple comparisons models : Who is the greatest golfer?

Baker, RD ORCID: and McHale, IG 2015, 'Deterministic evolution of strength in multiple comparisons models : Who is the greatest golfer?' , Scandinavian Journal of Statistics, 42 (1) , pp. 180-196.

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We present a statistical methodology for fitting time varying rankings, by estimating the strength parameters of the Plackett–Luce multiple comparisons model at regularly spaced times for each ranked item. We use the little-known method of barycentric rational interpolation to interpolate between the strength parameters so that a competitor’s strength can be evaluated at any time. We chose the time-varying strengths to evolve deterministically rather than stochastically, a preference that we reason often has merit. There are many statistical and computational problems to overcome on fitting anything beyond ‘toy’ data sets. The methodological innovations here include a method for maximizing a likelihood function for many parameters, approximations for modelling tied data and an approach to the elimination of secular drift of the estimated ‘strengths’. The methodology has obvious applications to fields such as marketing, although we demonstrate our approach by analysing a large data set of golf tournament results, in search of an answer to the question ‘who is the greatest golfer of all time?’

Item Type: Article
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Schools: Schools > Salford Business School > Salford Business School Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Scandinavian Journal of Statistics
Publisher: Wiley
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1467-9469
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Prof Rose Dawn Baker
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2015 18:01
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 19:33

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