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OR analysis of sporting rules – A survey

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This paper surveys the academic OR/analytics literature describing research into the laws and rules of sports and sporting competitions. The literature is divided into post hoc analyses and proposals for future changes, and is also divided into laws/rules of sports themselves and rules/organisation of tournaments or competitions.

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  • Wright, Mike, 2014. "OR analysis of sporting rules – A survey," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 232(1), pages 1-8.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ejores:v:232:y:2014:i:1:p:1-8
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ejor.2013.03.043
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    OR in Sport; Review; Survey; Analytics; Rules; Tournaments;

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