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Thursday 07 December 2017, 05:00pm - 07:30pm

Location MS.05 Zeeman Building, University of Warwick

17:15–18:00 - Talk 1: ‘Better league tables during the football season’
By Professor David Firth (University of Warwick & Alan Turing Institute)
A specialised extension of the Zermelo–Bradley–Terry model is developed for balanced round-robin leagues with simple win-draw-loss points systems such as the 3–1–0 system used in association football. The model allows schedule-strength differences to be eliminated coherently, to produce fully "retrodictive" match-by-match league standings that are more informative than the usual published league table (i.e., the one based on accumulated points to date). This alternative type of league table has a straightforward interpretation in terms of adjusted points totals. Furthermore, this new method of obtaining a league table is shown to be "best" under some simple axioms. In this talk I will illustrate the method and its results by looking at the Premier League table (for which, see for the current league standings — along with some explanation of the method).
18:00–18:45 - Talk 2: ‘Tackling safety issues in professional Rugby Union: Can we reduce the risk of injury?’
By Dr Sean Williams (University of Bath)
Since becoming a professional sport in 1995, Rugby Union has come under increasing scrutiny due to its perceived high risk of injury in comparison with other popular team sports. There are clear health, performance, financial, and legal arguments for prioritising the prevention of injuries in professional sports. The England Professional Rugby Injury Surveillance Project (PRISP) was first commissioned by the Rugby Football Union and Premier Rugby Limited in 2002, to conduct injury surveillance across all Premiership and England teams. The PRISP is now conducted annually, and is the world’s largest study of professional Rugby Union injuries and training practices. These longitudinal data, detailing players’ injury history and playing exposure using consistent methodology, provide an excellent platform for investigating risk factors for injury in this population. This talk will discuss our current understanding of injury risk in professional Rugby Union, as well as potential avenues for reducing the level of risk in the game.
18:45–19:30 - Wine and cheese
Statistics Common Room (C0.06), Zeeman Building


The talks will be preceded by a short Annual General Meeting of the local group.

Refreshments will be served in the Statistics Common Room (C0.06), Zeeman Building, from 4.30pm

Organiser Name David Selby

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