Simulation leagues: Analysis of competition formats


Paper Details

  • Title: Simulation leagues: Analysis of competition formats
  • Authors:
    • David Budden
    • Peter Wang
    • Oliver Obst
    • Mikhail Prokopenko


The selection of an appropriate competition structure is critical for both the success and credibility of any competition, both real and simulated. In this paper, the automated parallelism offered by the RoboCup 2D simulation league is leveraged to conduct a 28,000 game round-robin between the top 8 teams from RoboCup 2012 and 2013. A proposed new competition structure is found to reduce variation from the resultant statistically significant team performance rankings by 75% and 67%, when compared to the actual competition results from RoboCup 2012 and 2013 respectively.

Publication Details

  • Status: Accepted
  • Date Accepted: 07/06/2014
  • Conference: RoboCup Symposium 2014 (proceedings to be published in Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI), Springer Verlag)

How to Cite (BibTeX)

  title={Simulation leagues: Analysis of competition formats},
  author={Budden, D. and Wang, P. and Obst, O. and Prokopenko, M.},
  booktitle={RoboCup 2014: Robot Soccer World Cup XVIII},

Supplementary Materials

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