Monthly Archives: June 2014

World Cup squads perfectly illustrate the birthday paradox

Two members of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s squad, goalkeeper Asmir Begovic (27)  and defender Sead Kolasinac (21), celebrate birthdays today but what are the chances of this happening? Pretty unusual one would have thought, or not?

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What are the 2014 World Cup’s biggest shocks?

The Infostrada Sports’ Forecast model has a variety of useful functions, one of which is to provide an objective measure of which matches have delivered the biggest shocks at the World Cup so far. Of the 24 matches played so far, … Continue reading

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Why France (and a Group D team) are the real dark horses

Which team is the best team to fail to qualify for the 2014 World Cup? Looking at almost any ranking system provides the same answer: Ukraine. They began their World Cup qualification in England’s group but failed to qualify despite … Continue reading

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