The Relative Playing Strength of Chess Players: A Note
10 Pages Posted: 11 Aug 2014 Last revised: 17 Nov 2014
Date Written: August 8, 2014
The conventional method of rating chess players uses a method called "scoring" to reduce a trinomial process to a binomial making it possible to rate chess playing strength with a single scalar measure. This simplicity is achieved at a cost because the scoring process causes some information to be lost. Two dimensional measures of playing strength, though more cumbersome to use, may have greater validity because they contain more information.
Keywords: chess ratings, chess, Elo, numerical methods, applied statistics, probability vector
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