Any yokel with a computer can have a college football ranking system
December 7, 2012 12:13 PM Subscribe
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He is not the only one. Computer rankings are proliferating, said Kenneth Massey, a professor of math at Carson-Newman in Jefferson City, Tenn., who has been ranking teams since 1995. “When I started, there were six or seven,” he said. “But every year, it gets bigger and bigger.” Massey currently tracks more than 100 college football rankings.
With so many competitors, what is the appeal of creating one’s own rankings?
“It’s kind of a nerdy hobby,” Massey said. “It combines sports with math and computers, three things that don’t ordinarily go together.”
In light of this, David Austin decided to reveal the math behind making one's own ranking
and comparing it to the BCS rankings (in this case, from 2010), based on using Hodge theory
to rank a large number of alternatives in which the Condorcet paradox