• The price of anarchy in basketball

    linked to by 2 published by arXiv on Wed 12th Aug 09
    Skinner, Brian

    OAI oai:arXiv.org:0908.1801

    Optimizing the performance of a basketball offense may be viewed as a networkproblem, wherein each play represents a "pathway" through which the ball andplayers may move from origin (the in-bounds pass) to goal (the basket).Effective field goal percentages from the resulting shot attempts can be usedto characterize the efficiency of each pathway. Inspired by recent discussionsof the "price of anarchy" in traffic networks, this paper makes a formalanalogy between a basketball offense and a simplified traffic network. Theanalysis suggests that there may be a significant difference between taking thehighest-percentage shot each time down the court and playing the most efficientpossible game.Comment: 7 pages, 4 figures
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    • The price of anarchy in basketball

      posted to Marginal Revolution on Fri 21st Aug 09

      Brian Skinner writes:Optimizing the performance of a basketball offense may be viewed as a network problem, wherein each play represents a "pathway" through which the ball and players may move from origin (the in-bounds pass) to goal (the basket).

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