Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Weighted Rankings, USL Week 5

I decided to take a couple of minutes to figure out where the various USL1 teams stood in terms of “points per game”, or a weighted score. To me, this produces a much clearer picture of how strong each of the teams is. I suppose you could go even further and make the “points per game” a weighted moving average, maybe next week.

The Official Rankings

Team Pts Games Pts Per Game
Vancouver Whitecaps 17 7 2.428
Montreal Impact 11 5 2.2
Atlanta Silverbacks 11 7 1.57
Miami FC 9 6 1.5
Carolina RailHawks 9 6 1.5
Rochester Raging Rhinos 9 8 1.125
Portland Timbers 7 4 1.75
Puerto Rico Islanders 6 7 857
Seattle Sounders 6 8 75
Charleston Battery 5 5 1
Minnesota Thunder 5 6 833
California Victory 1 3 333

The Weighted Rankings

Team Weighted Rank Unweighted Rank Pts/Game
Vancouver Whitecaps 1 1 2.428
Montreal Impact 2 2 2.2
Portland Timbers 3 4 1.75
Atlanta Silverbacks 4 2 1.57
Miami FC 5 4 1.5
Carolina RailHawks 5 4 1.5
Rochester Raging Rhinos 7 4 1.125
Charleston Battery 8 10 1
Puerto Rico Islanders 9 8 .857
Minnesota Thunder 10 10 .833
Seattle Sounders 11 8 .75
California Victory 12 12 333

Update: Oops, I mis-slotted the Sounders and Thunder. Thanks uhclem for pointing it out.

2 comments:

uhclem said...

You seem to have not quite grasped the math involved in the system here. The .833 ppg of the Thunder is greater than the .75 ppg of the Sounders. So, the Minnesota Thunder are in 10th place in the weighted rankings while the Seattle Sounders are in 11th.

pate said...

Doh! Thanks for pointing that out. Properly counting to one should be within my rather humble set of math skills.