Ranking a vector of alternatives on the basis of a series of paired compar- isons is a relevant topic in many instances. A popular example is ranking con- testants in sport tournaments. To this purpose, paired comparison models such as the Bradley–Terry model are often used. This paper suggests fitting paired comparison models with a lasso-type procedure that forces contestants with similar abilities to be classified into the same group. Benefits of the proposed method are easier interpretation of rankings and a significant improvement of the quality of predictions with respect to the standard maximum likelihood fitting. Numerical aspects of the proposed method are discussed in detail. The methodology is illustrated through ranking of the teams of the National Foot- ball League 2010–2011 and the American College Hockey Men’s Division I 2009–2010.
|Data di pubblicazione:||2012|
|Titolo:||The ranking lasso and its application to sport tournaments|
|Rivista:||THE ANNALS OF APPLIED STATISTICS|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1214/12-AOAS581|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||2.1 Articolo su rivista |
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