Statistics of pub sports and games

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Statistics in Sport Section

Wednesday 07 December 2016, 04:00pm - 06:00pm

Location Lecture Theatre 308, Huxley Building, Imperial College London, 180 Queen's Gate SW7 2RH

David Percy (University of Salford) - Beds, Legs and Bulls

We investigate five fascinating darts problems:

  1. Which target maximises expected score?
  2. What is the probability of a perfect game?
  3. Are professional competition formats fair?
  4. How can we forecast results during play?
  5. Can we propose better dartboard layouts?

“Game on” as we delve into this popular sport of skill and numeracy, which requires a steady hand to throw accurate darts and a steady hand to avoid spilling beer. Our visits to the oche lead us to consider arithmetic, combinatorics, probability theory, statistics, simulation, trigonometry, geometry, graph theory and optimisation.

James Orwell (Kingston University) - Break point: margins for error in snooker and pool
The games of snooker and pool provide a charming opportunity to analyse the interplay of physics and statistics. A simple kinematic model provides a measurement of each shot’s ‘margin for error’. This presents the opportunity to investigate the relationship between a player’s accuracy and their expected break. However, good players gives themselves easy shots. By parameterising a player’s positional game, we can explore the statistics of its relationship with a player’s potting accuracy.

Preceded by the Annual General Meeting of the Section

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