In the previous blog, introducing the VSRS, I provided optimal values for the tuning parameters of that System, optimal in the sense that they minimised either the mean absolute or the mean squared error across the period 1999 to 2013
Just this week, 23 year-old chess phenom Magnus Carlsen wrested the title of World Champion from Vishwathan Anand, in so doing lifting his Rating to a stratospheric 2,870. Chess, like MAFL, uses an an ELO-style Rating System to assess and update the strength of its players.
In the previous blog I fitted models to the game margins of each team separately, seeking to explain the margin in any game in terms of the Venue at which the game was played and three "Excess" variables summarising from the designated home team's perspective its relative Venue Experience, MARS Rating and recent form.
The benefits of playing at home have been extensively investigated both here on MAFL for Australian Rules football and more generally within the sports prediction community for this and other sports. Put simply, teams that play at home win more often and score more points than you'd otherwise expect them to after adjusting for the quality of the opponents they face.
This week I've been part of a Twitter conversation about Home Ground Advantage in the AFL, a trending topic because of the shift from Football Park to Adelaide Oval for the home games of Adelaide and Port Adelaide in the 2014 season.