Hidden power law patterns in the top European football leagues
AbstractBecause sports are stylized combat, sports may follow power laws similar to those found for wars, individual clashes, and acts of terrorism. We show this fact for football (soccer) by adjusting power laws that show a close relationship between rank and points won by the clubs participating in the latest seasons of the top fifteen European football leagues. In addition, we use Shannon entropy for gauging league competitive balance. As a result, we are able to rank the leagues according to competitiveness.
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Date of creation: 2013
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Power laws; Wars; Sports; Terrorism; Football; Soccer;
Other versions of this item:
- Da Silva, Sergio & Matsushita, Raul & Silveira, Eliza, 2013. "Hidden power law patterns in the top European football leagues," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 392(21), pages 5376-5386.
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