Afl Final Eight - 72 Quadrillion Possibilities?

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AFL Final Eight – 72 quadrillion possibilities?

RMIT University experts have crunched 72 quadrillion possible results from the

remaining 56 games of the season to predict the AFL’s final eight.

Dr Anthony Bedford, Head of RMIT’s Sports Statistics Research Group, said the

number crunching showed Geelong, Hawthorn and Western Bulldogs were

guaranteed their spots in the finals.

But Dr Bedford said the high volatility of upcoming games meant few other

results were mathematically certain.

“We know that Geelong will definitely secure the double chance by finishing in

the top four and we know that neither West Coast nor Melbourne can make the

finals this year,” he said.

“But the teams in the top eight could still shift many times over the final seven



“Excluding the possibility of draws, there are at least 72,057,594,037,927,936

possible results from the remaining 56 games.

“The Kangaroos, Richmond, Adelaide and St Kilda have the most volatile draws

according to our research – that is, if they lose, those teams will benefit at their

expense – so they’re the teams most likely to move up and down the ladder

multiple times over the next seven weeks.”


To work out the most probable final ladder, researchers simulate the last seven

rounds 100,000 times, theoretically playing the remaining season’s games

100,000 times over. 

According to the simulation, the most probable result at the end of the season

almost mirrors the current ladder, with only Sydney and Collingwood switching

positions. The RMIT Simuladder’s final eight is (in descending order): Geelong,

Western Bulldogs, Hawthorn, Collingwood, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, St Kilda.

There is bad news for Fremantle fans from the predictions – the Dockers are only

a 50,000 to one chance of making the finals.

“Other teams currently outside the eight could still make it, with North Melbourne

at seven to two and Richmond at five to one,” Dr Bedford said.

See for all the statistics.

For comment or interviews: RMIT University’s Head of the Sports Statistics

Group, Dr Anthony Bedford (03) 9925 6119 or 0419 782 877.

For general media enquiries: RMIT University Media and Communications,

Gosia Kaszubska, (03) 9925 3176 or 0417 510 735.

17 July, 2008

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