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2012.67: On the (Page)Ranking of Professional Tennis Players

2012.67: Nicholas J. Dingle, William J. Knottenbelt and Demetris Spanias (2012) On the (Page)Ranking of Professional Tennis Players. In: 28th UK Performance Engineering Workshop (UKPEW 2012), 2 July 2012, Edinburgh.

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Abstract

We explore the relationship between official rankings of professional tennis players and rankings computed using a variant of the PageRank algorithm as proposed by Radicchi in 2011. We show Radicchi’s equations follow a natural interpretation of the PageRank algorithm and present up-to-date comparisons of official rankings with PageRank-based rankings for both the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) tours. For top-ranked players these two rankings are broadly in line; however, there is wide variation in the tail which leads us to question the degree to which the official ranking mechanism reflects true player ability. For a 390-day sample of recent tennis matches, PageRank-based rankings are found to be better predictors of match outcome than the official rankings.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects:MSC 2000 > 60 Probability theory and stochastic processes
MSC 2000 > 65 Numerical analysis
MSC 2000 > 68 Computer science
MIMS number:2012.67
Deposited By:Dr Nicholas Dingle
Deposited On:03 July 2012

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