I am not a coach or a statistician, though I had a probability and statistics course in college and had the opportunity to root for some very fine college teams. Since those days I have worked in the computing field, for years at Syracuse University, then at AppliedTheory, and now at Cornell University.

For quite some time I have had a fascination with sports statistics: which sort of statistics most effectively reflect the performance and capabilities of players and teams as well as the manner in which poorly selected statistics can miss the point entirely. My rating system grew out of a curiosity as to how basic statistical techniques that I recall from college could be applied toward rating teams, and how the resulting ratings would compare to the well-known polls.

John Wobus, 11/10/04

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