Lead Research Organisation: Lancaster University


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/N509504/1 30/09/2016 29/09/2021
1945568 Studentship EP/N509504/1 30/09/2017 30/03/2021
Description Different methods for creating a relative rating of professional snooker players were compared, with the proportion of frames won by players over the past 2 years providing a simple and effective way of achieving a reliable indication of their ability based on past results.

Existing and potential statistics were assessed, with objective measures preferred which reflect the number of scoring visits made by each player and the average number of points scored on each visit. The proportion of shots resulting in a pot were also shown to be informative measures, which could also be used to simulate the progression of frames played between two players.
Exploitation Route Results could be used to assess the impact of different designs of professional snooker tournaments on expected outcomes for different levels of player, with potential value for the governing body in designing future events.

Results could be used as the basis for introducing objective statistics which reflect the typical level of performance for individual professional snooker players. These could be utilised by broadcasters to inform their audiences, and by players and coaches to understand relative strengths and weaknesses.
Sectors Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism

Description Magazine article 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Based on a initial report of my analysis of the performance measures used in snooker, Clive Everton wrote a short article entitled 'Stat Attack' for the July 2019 issue of Snooker Scene magazine - a highly regarded publication in the field of cue sports. I would like to see a change in the quantity and quality of the data available from professional snooker matches and this was an early attempt to increase awareness within the sport about what might be possible.

Article: Stat Attack
Publication: Snooker Scene
Issue: July 2019
Page: 7
Publisher: Snooker Scene Ltd
Editor: Clive Everton
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019