Predicting the Outcome of NBA Playoffs Based on the Maximum Entropy Principle
AbstractPredicting the outcome of National Basketball Association (NBA) matches poses a challenging problem of interest to the research community as well as the general public. In this article, we formalize the problem of predicting NBA game results as a classification problem and apply the principle of Maximum Entropy to construct an NBA Maximum Entropy (NBAME) model that fits to discrete statistics for NBA games, and then predict the outcomes of NBA playoffs using the model. Our results reveal that the model is able to predict the winning team with 74.4% accuracy, outperforming other classical machine learning algorithms that could only afford a maximum prediction accuracy of 70.6% in the experiments that we performed. View Full-Text
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Cheng, G.; Zhang, Z.; Kyebambe, M.N.; Kimbugwe, N. Predicting the Outcome of NBA Playoffs Based on the Maximum Entropy Principle. Entropy 2016, 18, 450.
Cheng G, Zhang Z, Kyebambe MN, Kimbugwe N. Predicting the Outcome of NBA Playoffs Based on the Maximum Entropy Principle. Entropy. 2016; 18(12):450.Chicago/Turabian Style
Cheng, Ge; Zhang, Zhenyu; Kyebambe, Moses N.; Kimbugwe, Nasser. 2016. "Predicting the Outcome of NBA Playoffs Based on the Maximum Entropy Principle." Entropy 18, no. 12: 450.
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