What is a title like “World Cup” doing in an operations research blog?. Have a guess! I just wanted to attract you, the Joe Bloggs-I-don’t-know-about-OR-in-sports, to let you know we, these maths-under-the-sleeve guys, can mix both.
Actually it’s not my field, so the best I can do is take you where real pro’s will help you understand this “weird” think we thought it was just for watching, playing, shouting, or even betting (ops!, good idea if I could forecast the results!). This link!
As per a good taster, what about an example?. The authors of this paper simulate the Brazilian Championship in order to get estimators for the scores that are necessary for achieving good places in the table.
And…, who’s gonna win the 2006 World Cup?. I run my model and transforming the results into binary, applying the pixelling kernel I got this: