Tenth MCS

The full proceedings for the papers listed below is available here.


  • Keynote Address: Ray Stefani A World of Sports and Rating Systems, 1 – 12 
  • Timothy Chartier, Erich Kreutzer, Amy Langville, Kathryn Pedings and Yoshitsugu Yamamoto Minimum Violations Sports Ranking Using Evolutionary Optimization and Binary Integer Linear Program Approaches, 13 20 
  • Anthony Bedford, Tristan Barnett and Monique Ladds Risk Taking in Badminton to Optimize In-The-Run Performance, 21 26 
  • Monique Ladds and Anthony Bedford Using Importance to Determine a Service Strategy in Badminton, 27 34 
  • Graham Pollard and Geoff Pollard The Efficiency Of Scoring Systems With Outcome Dependent Points, 35 42 
  • Stephen R. Clarke and John M. Norman An Introductory Analysis of Challenges in Tennis, 43 48 
  • Graham Pollard, Geoff Pollard and Denny Meyer Some Aspects of Ordering, Ranking and Seeding 1, 49 56 
  • Denny Meyer, Graham Pollard and Geoff Pollard Some Aspects of Ordering, Ranking and Seeding 2, 57 64 
  • Allison ORiordan and Chris Barnes A Level Playing Field for AWD Competition: Choosing the Paralympian of the Decade  (Abstract Only), 65 66 
  • Peter Christ, Jörg Mielebacher, Martin Haag, and Ulrich Rückert Detection of Body Movement and Measurement of Physiological Stress with a Mobile Chest Module in Obesity Prevention, 67 74 
  • T. Churchill, D. Sharma, and B. M. Balachandran Identifying Taper Shape and its Effect on Performance, 75 82 
  • M. H. Korayem, S. A. Mustafa, A. H. Korayem, and A. Amanati Modeling of the Snatch Weightlifting, 83 88
  • Keynote Address: John Hammond A Potted History of Mathematics and Computers in Sport: in Australasia (1992-2008), 89 96 
  • Jonathan Sargent and Anthony Bedford Long-Distance Relationships: Positional Classification of Australian Football League Players, 97 102
  • Adrian Schembri and Anthony Bedford Revisiting the Draft: A Revised Probability Based Approach for Allocating Draft Selections in Australian Rules Football, 103 112 
  • Darren OShaughnessy On the Value of AFL Player Draft Picks, 113 120 
  • Richard Ryall and Anthony Bedford Fitting Probability Distributions to Real-Time AFL Data for Match Prediction, 121 128 
  • Kelly Foreman A Conceptual Framework for Global Positioning Systems Within the Australian Football League: A Discussion of Two Models, 129 136 
  • Per Wilhelm, Patrick Thomas, Emad Monier, Robert Timmermann, Michael Dellnitz, Felix Werner and Ulrich Rückert An Integrated Monitoring and Analysis System for Performance Data of Indoor Sport Activities, 137 144 
  • Joachim Gudmundsson and Thomas Wolle Towards Automated Football Analysis: Algorithms and Data Structures, 145 152 
  • Reza Kiani Mavi and Neda Kiani Mavi Measuring Efficiency of Football Teams by Common Set of Weights in DEA, 153 162 
  • Darren OShaughnessy An Improved World Cup Tournament Design  (Abstract Only), 163 164 
  • Adrian Schembri, Shahin Golkhandan and Anthony Bedford Re-scheduling to Minimise the Potential for Match Fixing in the FIFA World Cup, 165 172 
  • Michael Bailey, Stephen Clarke and Donald Forbes Home Continent Advantage on the American and European Professional Golf Tours, 173 180 
  • Bob Buckley and Conny Draper Stroker: Software for Presenting Rowing Data (Abstract Only), 181 182 
  • Minh Vu Huynh and Anthony Bedford Skills Acquisition in Badminton: A Visual Based Approach to Training, 183 188
  • Ian Tim Heazlewood Talent ID in 100M Sprinting: How the Worlds Best Sprinters Solve the Problem Based on Mathematical Models and Multivariate Statistics, 189 196
  • Ian Tim Heazlewood and Hovik Keshishian A Comparison of Classification Accuracy for Karate Ability Using Neural Networks and Discriminant Function Analysis Based on Physiological and Biomechanical Measures of Karate Athletes, 197 204
  • Joe Walsh An Investigation into the Possibility of Theoretical Modelling for the Purposes of Examining the Non-Associative Nature of Probabilities of Game Based Skill Tasks Within Competitive Sports Matches, 205 212 
  • Rebecca Shepherd, Anthony Bedford and Adrian Schembri A Two-Stage Simulation to Predict Medalists in Pistol Shooting, 213 220 
  • Graham Pollard, Geoff Pollard, Ian Lisle and Rod Cross Bias in Sporting Match Statistics, 221 228 
  • Sohail Akhtar and Philip Scarf Modelling Match Outcomes in Test Cricket  (Abstract Only), 229 230 
  • Steven Stern What Will They Score? In-Game Projection of First Innings Final Scores in Limited-Overs Cricket, 231 238 
  • Abid Ghaffar and Ehtesham Taha Data Mining in Professional Cricket for Performance Enhancement, 239 244 
  • M. H. Korayem, M. Bamdad and A. H. Korayem Sport Simulation by Using Six Degree of Freedom Cable Suspended Robot, 245 254 
  • Neville De Mestre Tournament Roulette, 255 258
  • Joe Walsh A Markov States Model for Touch Football, 259 – 267


Welcome to the Northern Territory, Australia, for the tenth Australasian conference on Mathematics and Computers in Sport (10M&CS). This is the first time the conference has been hosted in Darwin, Australias northern most capital city. Being winter, Darwin is the perfect setting for Australias southern state delegates to escape the depths of winter, and experience some tropical warmth! 

Darwin is one of Australia
s fastest growing cities. A vibrant, multicultural and cosmopolitan city, Darwin is home to people from over 70 different ethnic backgrounds and 60 nationalities. Located on edge of the Timor Sea, it is renowned for its picturesque sunsets and tropical nights. The Northern Territory has a number of national parks and attractions, including Litchfield, Uluru, Kakadu and Katherine Gorge. This year we welcome Professor Ray Stefani (California State University) as the day one keynote speaker, speaking on Ratings and Ranking. His topic introduces a strong theme throughout the conference, and we look forward to his presentation. 

We also welcome Professor John Hammond (Southern Cross University) as the day two keynote speaker, who
 will share with us the history of MathSport. His timely presentation should spark much discussion on the future direction of the group, especially as many delegates have connections with sporting bodies such as state and national institutions of sport.  

In this the tenth conference, we find no shortage of papers on a number of diverse topics. For example, we
 have papers from cricket, tennis, rugby, athletics, AFL, and football, to golf, roulette, badminton, weightlifting and karate; there is much to pique our interest, crossing many domains of sport science, mathematics, statistics and computing. As well as the strong Australasian presence, we welcome contributions from the USA, Iran, India, and England. 

It is also notable that, for the first time, the Australasian nations of Australia and New Zealand are both
 represented at the FIFA World Cup, and like 8M&CS, we look forward to early morning semi-finals contests during the conference. 

To end our conference, this year we introduce the (Emeritus Professor) Neville de Mestre (Bond University)
 Awards for Best Student Presentation and Best Student Publication. 

All full papers in these proceedings have been peer refereed, and I thank all the reviewers for their swift
 returns given the tight time frame. For assistance in the organisation of 10M&CS, we are very grateful to coeditor Matthew Ovens (RMIT University) who has contributed a significant amount of effort in both compiling and reviewing papers, along with our outstanding scientific committee members. I also thank Monique Ladds (RMIT University) for her significant contribution in preparing those little things like emails and reviewers. 

On behalf of Co-Director Associate Professor Tim Heazlewood (Charles Darwin University), and the MathSport executive, I welcome you to Darwin and hope you will enjoy the presentations, social outings,
 networking opportunities and wonderful sights of Darwin and the Northern Territory. 

Dr Anthony Bedford 
RMIT University
Conference Co-Director, 10M&CS. 


Updated: 23 May 2016