The stats of Australian Rules Football

August 14, 2013

(This article was first published on Revolutions, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

Australian Rules Football (AFL) isn't what Americans know as football. Nor is it what Europeans know as football (and the rest of the world calls soccer). Nor is it rugby. Here's what AFL looks like:


As a unique game in its own right, it deserves its own kind of data analysis, and the blog MAFL online has it covered. The most recent post looks at the number of kicks made by the home and away sides of AFL games over the last dozen years:

AFL kicks

A lot of the stories are related to wagers on the game (believe me, Aussies love to bet like no other nation) — here's a statistical analysis of the last digit of the score of the winning side, perfect for a barroom punt. But the stats are solid (generally done with R, naturally), and for Aussie Rules fans are interesting, and often surprising. Check out the archive at the link below.

MAFL: Statistical Analysis (via Neil Saunders)

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