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Optimal realignment of athletic conferences

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Author(s)
Erickson, Anthony
Advisor(s)
Knaeble, Brian
Publisher
University of Wisconsin--Stout. Research Services
Citation
Erickson, A. (2014). Optimal realignment of athletic conferences. University of Wisconsin-Stout Journal of Student Research, 13, 216-228.
Date
Apr 2014
Subject(s)
k-means clustering; athletic conferences; optimization; Hockey--Organization; College sports--Management
Abstract
This article presents a mathematical analysis of the current realignment plan for men’s, Division I, college hockey. Comparisons are made between existing alignments, proposed alignments, random alignments, and optimal alignments, with respect to various measures. It is shown how proposed alignments do not minimize travel distance nor maximize attendance. It is shown also how a non deterministic clustering procedure can be expected to outperform the proposed alignments, with respect to these measures. Although this clustering procedure is not almost surely optimal, it is shown in our hockey setting to be an effective approximation, being nearly optimal and easily computable. R programs are provided in the appendix.
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Research article with map, tables, graphs, and equations.
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University of Wisconsin--Stout. Research Services
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http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1793/77426 
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