Category Archives: Management

Making a living as a Professional Scientific Gambler using Bayesian Inference…?

As my readers know, over the past few weeks I’ve been conducting an experiment: Applying scientific betting on the just finished Ice Hockey World Championships.  By “scientific”, I’m referring to the exclusive use of statistical and mathematical models, simulation, and … Continue reading

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Scientific Gambling – Ice Hockey World Championships starting tomorrow

The tournament is starting tomorrow with four games. From now on, future posts on this topic on the public Facebook group Scientific Gambling on Ice Hockey World Championships 2018 only. So, I you want to continue following how my Bayesian Inference engine … Continue reading

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Scientific gambling – How to identify potentially profitable odds/plays ?

In all sports gambling, success or failure is determined by a number of factors, luck not being the least of them, since in any sport there are loads of “Unknown Unknowns“, which we could also call “Uncertainty”. And then there … Continue reading

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Scientific Gambling on Ice Hockey Worlds – identifying potentially exploitable games

One of the most difficult aspects of dealing with lots of data, is to present the information obtained from various computations in a clear and meaningful way. For instance, in order to identify games where there is a potentially exploitable … Continue reading

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Scientific Gambling on Hockey Worlds – Expected profits from games of day 1 & 2

An Expected Value-calculation gives the expected gains from my bets on the games played during the first two days of the tournament as follows: OUTCOME U_ODDS U_P P P_DELTA EV_PER_UNIT HOME AWAY CZE SVK DRAW 5.20 0.192308 0.243738 0.051430 0.267438 … Continue reading

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Scientific Gambling on Ice Hockey Worlds – Bets for games of May 5th

Summary I’m using mathematical & statistical methods, more specifically, Bayesian Inference, Markov Chain Monte Carlo, simulation and Probabilistic Programming, attempting to predict the game outcomes of the upcoming Ice Hockey World Championships, starting May 4th. Based on the findings of … Continue reading

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Bayesian Prediction – wanna bet…? Putting your money where your mouth is…

[A disclaimer: I know virtually nothing about contemporary ice hockey, my interest faded when Börje Salming decided to put his skates on the shelf for a couple of decades ago, so I have not included any personal hockey insights into … Continue reading

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Bayesian Inference 2018 Ice Hockey World Cup outcomes

I’ve tuned my Bayesian model a bit. Previously, it used the cumulative sum of historical results point spread as its data input, now it uses each individual game spread. Perhaps an example can make this clearer: Consider two teams, A … Continue reading

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2018 Ice Hockey World Championships – ‘Raw’ Odds Qualifying Round

[logo copyright IIHF] Below the probability distributions from previous post  converted to odds, or more specifically, “Raw” odds, that is, odds based purely on the underlying posterior distributions, not taking into account other aspects, such as the betting distribution, or the … Continue reading

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Bayesian Inference – what good is the Prior, anyway…?

A brief example on the effect of Bayesian priors (I’m going to use my Ice Hockey Championship Prediction hack under development for this example): Assume you would like to bet on the outcome of some particular game, for instance, Sweden … Continue reading

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