University of Limerick research identifies secrets of Fantasy Premier League success

first_imgWhatsApp Arguably, the most interesting finding was that, despite managers being able to choose combinations from over 600 unique footballers, there were multiple stages in the season when the teams from these skilled managers converged to appear highly similar. Taken together this research demonstrates clear characteristics present amongst the highest ranked managers suggesting “a pathway to success for competitors in the game with particular emphasis on long-term planning and identification of optimal enabling players”, the UL researcher explained. Noting possible opportunities for future applications of the research, Joseph outlined that “interesting questions remain as to whether the techniques we propose in this study may be used in similarly identifying signatures of successful competitors within other domains including e-sports, entrepreneurship, and scientific output”. Advertisement Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Through analysis of this data, a number of clearly defined strategies which differentiated successful managers from their less fortunate peers could be identified. Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Determined to understand why this phenomenon occurs, the researchers took advantage of the publicly available data to extract information from around 40 million webpages, describing the actions taken by the top one million ranked managers. Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Email AS millions of Fantasy Premier League players mull over a decision whether to start Bruno Fernandes or Mohamed Salah in their teams this weekend, new University of Limerick research has unlocked the secrets of the popular online game. LimerickNewsUniversity of Limerick research identifies secrets of Fantasy Premier League successBy Sarah Carr – March 6, 2021 223 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live “We were amazed to find that for most of the season the key player in successful teams wasn’t Mo Salah or Kevin De Bruyne but rather Aaron Wan-Bissaka – a player in his debut season for Crystal Palace, due to his extremely low price and surprisingly efficient scoring (he completed a £45m transfer to Manchester United the following year). This combination allowed him to be a consistent ‘enabler’ for managers to have more expensive players elsewhere,” said Joseph. Joseph O’Brien, Professor James Gleeson, and Dr David O’Sullivan, based within the Mathematics Applications Consortium for Science and Industry (MACSI) in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at UL, have just published research in PLOS ONE, a high quality, peer-reviewed scientific journal, which, via a combination of large-scale data analysis, statistical techniques, and network science, provides a deeper understanding of the behaviours and resulting actions taken by the very best competitors within the game. A new study by a team of researchers at UL has identified the underlying tactics used by the top-ranked competitors among the seven million players of Fantasy Premier League (FPL).Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Facebook Print Linkedin Previous articleGardai warn they “will not tolerate drug cartels” attempting to set up ‘drug supermarkets’ in LimerickNext articleOn This Day: Conflicting results for senior sides in 2016 & hurlers pick up win in 2011 Sarah Carr Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twitter Lead author of the study Joseph O’Brien, a PhD student based at MACSI in UL, said: “FPL on the surface appears to be an extremely simple game in that one should just choose the most talented footballers for their teams and see what happens. However, in this study we analyse the results of competitors over multiple years and find that there are in fact groups of ‘managers’ that consistently perform extremely strongly, suggesting an element of skill.” Using machine learning tools the researchers were then able to identify those players that were crucial in the make-up of successful teams. “We could immediately observe many different strategies used by managers and in particular there were multiple points in the season in which successful managers acted in an extremely different manner to those lower ranked, almost as if the thousands had come together with a ready-made game-plan,” explained Joseph. TAGSFantasy Premier LeagueKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostUniversity of Limerick last_img

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