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Bounding the final rank during a round robin tournament with integer programming

  • This article is mainly motivated by the urge to answer two kinds of questions regarding the Bundesliga, which is Germany’s primary football (soccer) division having the highest average stadium attendance worldwide: “At any point in the season, what is the lowest final rank a certain team can achieve?” and “At any point in the season, what is the highest final rank a certain team can achieve?”. Although we focus on the Bundesliga in particular, the integer programming formulations we introduce to answer these questions can easily be adapted to a variety of other league systems and tournaments.

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Author:Uwe Gotzes, Kai Hoppmann-BaumORCiD
Document Type:Article
Parent Title (English):Operational Research
Year of first publication:2020
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