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EPJ Data Science - View featured video: How teams and players stack up and why

“Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all the time thing. Winning is a habit,” said legendary American football coach Vince Lombardi.

Human sports and games, with their rules of competition and measures of performance, serve as an ideal test-bed to look for universal features of hierarchy formation. In a recent article published in EPJ Data Science, José A. Morales and colleagues study the behaviour of performance rankings over time of players and teams for several sports and games, and find statistical regularities in the dynamics of ranks. This finding dispels the commonly held notion that rank changes are due to the intrinsic strengths or qualities of teams and players. The same phenomenon may apply to more complex competition settings with further examinations.

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Altogether, the publication with EDP Sciences was a very positive experience. The open-access online publication and print copies for the participants is a suitable combination. The print copies have an appealing layout and are of high quality.

The editorial process from submission to appearance was very efficient and the collaboration with the editors was pleasant.

Ronald Schwengner, HZDR, Germany
Scientific Secretary of the MESON Conference series, EPJ Web of Conferences vol. 93, 2015

ISSN: 2100-014X (Electronic Edition)

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