Vladimir Ejov (UniSA) will give a talk on

“Concept of `importance’ in hierarchical sporting competitions”

Abstract. The scoring system for tennis comprises a hierarchical

structure where points combine to games, games combine to sets and

sets combine to form the match. Assuming that one side has a limited

supply of a resource which can improve performance at the lowest level

of hierarchy, we address the question how best to apply the limited

resource in order to optimise the probability of winning. Contests are

modelled probabilistically using binary trees and the concept of

`importance’ emerges as a key determinant of where to apply resources

optimally.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011, 3pm, C26: Seminar room 206