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A measure of competitiveness in leagues : a network approach.

Jessop, A. (2006) 'A measure of competitiveness in leagues : a network approach.', Journal of the operational research society., 57 (12). pp. 1425-1434.

Abstract

Many sports are played competitively in a league format. Final positions are based on the aggregations of the points won at each game. Issues of promotion, relegation and much else will depend on the position in the league. However, the results may also be seen to constitute a network of inter-team relations in which the links represent the degree to which a pair of teams have similar performance. This idea is taken as the basis for the construction of a systemic measure of competitiveness in the league. The basis for the model is the construction of a blockmodel on a network of binary relations. The method is illustrated by application to nine seasons of the English soccer Premier League.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Sports, Cluster analysis, Mathematical programming, Networks, Graphs.
Full text:PDF - Accepted Version (376Kb)
Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/palgrave.jors.2602122
Publisher statement:This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Journal of the operational research society. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Jessop, A. (2006) 'A measure of competitiveness in leagues : a network approach.' , Journal of the operational research society., 57 (12), pp. 1425-1434 is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/palgrave.jors.2602122
Record Created:29 Aug 2008
Last Modified:01 Sep 2011 11:20

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