The Fleming System: The Human Element of Computer Polls

October 17, 2013

The Game Outcome Measure (GOM) is the central metric used by my rating program to determine how much better the winning team is than the losing team in a specific game played.  The GOM can be designed to reward offensively-oriented teams (by relying heavily on how many points the winning team scores); another GOM definition might favor defensively-minded teams by relying on how few points a team gives up. Still another might ignore the score altogether and just look at who wins the game.

Introducing The Fleming System

October 7, 2013

Since its inception in 1998, the best argument for the BCS has been that college football fans love debates.  You know it’s true.  Everyone loves a good fight.  SEC people fighting with Big 12 people fighting with Pac-12 people fighting with computers fighting with humans fighting with Condoleeza Rice and Mark May.  Nobody can agree on much of anything, which of course, makes everything somewhat interesting. Still, the BCS is a better system than the one before it.  And in an effort to settle some pre-BCS debates, Patrick Fleming created his own computer ranking system,The Fleming System (TFS), in 1994.  Now, with our help, . . .