At the distinct risk of diving yet deeper into what was already a fairly esoteric topic, I'm going to return in this blog to the notion of entropy as it applies to VFL/AFL scoring, which I considered at some length in a previous blog. Consider yourself duly warned - this post is probably only for those of you who truly enjoyed that earlier blog.Read More
Over the eight seasons from 2006 to 2013 an average AFL game produced about 185 points with a standard deviation of around 33 points. In about one quarter of the games the two teams between them could only muster about 165 points while in another one quarter they racked up 207 points or more.Read More
In a previous post I discussed the possibility of modelling AFL team scores as Weibull distributions, finding that there was no compelling empirical or other reason to discount the idea and promising to conduct further analyses to more directly assess the Weibull distribution's suitability for the task.Read More
Most sporting codes with a history of any significant length will eventually be described in terms of having passed through a number of eras, one or both ends of which are usually defined by some relatively obvious characteristic that forms the basis of the discussion.Read More
In the previous blog we looked in some detail at the performance of each of the MatterOfStats Margin Predictors in terms of how well they've done in predicting the final margins in games involving a particular team as the home or as the away team.
Today I want to provide, initially, a team-based summary of that same analysis.Read More
In this blog I'm seeking to answer a single question: how are a team's subsequent head-to-head bookmaker prices affected by the returns they've provided to head-to-head wagering on them in recent weeks? More succinctly, how much less can you expect to make wagering on recent winners and how much more on recent losers?Read More
In the previous blog we looked at MatterOfStats' new Margin Predictor, C_Marg, and quantified just how different it was from each of the other Margin Predictors. Today I'm going to do the same thing for another of the predictors that's based on the ChiPS Team Rating System, C_Prob.Read More
It's been quite a year for upsets in the AFL so far. One of the ways of quantifying just how surprising these results have been is to use surprisals, about which I've written previously on a number of occasionsRead More
If the historical game data that I have is correct, we've gone very close to witnessing history this weekend, with the Hawthorn v Fremantle final score of 137-79 coming within a kick of finishing, instead, as a 131-79 win, or as a 138-79 win. Neither of these final scores were ever recorded in the 14,373 game history of the VFL/AFL between 1897 and 2013.Read More
A few blogs back I mentioned that I was preparing a presentation for the Sydney Users of R Forum and promised to post it here once I'd delivered it.
So, here it is (it's about a 5Mb PDF).
It's based on an earlier blog from this site on The Ten Most Surprising Things I've Learned About AFL So Far.
Feedback and comments welcomed.