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Limitations of the relative standard deviation of win percentages for measuring competitive balance in sports leagues

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  • Owen, P. Dorian

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The relative standard deviation of win percentages, widely used to measure competitive balance, has an upper bound which varies with the numbers of teams and games played. Accounting for this upper bound provides additional insights into competitive balance comparisons.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 109 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 (October)
Pages: 38-41

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:109:y:2010:i:1:p:38-41

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Keywords: Competitive balance Relative standard deviation Idealized standard deviation Sports economics;

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Cited by:
  1. Young Hoon Lee & Rodney Fort, 2011. "Competitive Balance:Time Series Lessons from the English Premier League," Working Papers 1102, Research Institute for Market Economy, Sogang University, revised Jun 2011.
  2. P Dorian Owen, 2010. "Measuring Parity in Sports Leagues with Draws: Further Comments," NCER Working Paper Series 59, National Centre for Econometric Research.
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  4. P. Dorian Owen, 2013. "Measurement of Competitive Balance and Uncertainty of Outcome," Working Papers 1311, University of Otago, Department of Economics, revised Aug 2013.
  5. P. Dorian Owen & Nicholas King, 2013. "Competitive Balance Measures in Sports Leagues: The Effects of Variation in Season Length," Working Papers 1309, University of Otago, Department of Economics, revised Jul 2013.

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