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A characterization of the degree of weak and strong links in doubles sports

Paramjit S. Gill and Tim B. Swartz

Abstract

This paper proposes a model that characterizes the degree to which a doubles sport (i.e. two team members) is a weak or a strong link game. The model is applied to the sport of pickleball where interest is focused on the doubles version of the sport. As a byproduct of the analysis, individual player rankings are obtained.

Acknowledgement

Swartz has been partially supported by grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. The authors thank the Associate Editor and two reviewers for their comments on an earlier version of the manuscript.

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Published Online: 2019-03-26
Published in Print: 2019-06-26

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