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Fix The Algorithm? Somebody Did

Think you know how to fix USA Ultimate’s algorithm or bid allocation system? Well, Michael Silger wrote his thesis about it.

In his master’s thesis, Silger explored different methods to improve the USA Ultimate algorithm. While the reading is not for the layman, it is interesting, even to a non-expert, in some of its discussion.

If you are a stats wonk, enjoy. Silger acknowledges some limitations and thinks he can still improve his model, but he makes some corrections to known issues to provide, as he says, “a more statistically sound approach for ranking teams.”

Master’s Thesis Analyzing USA Ultimate Algorithm

  1. Charlie Eisenhood

    Charlie Eisenhood is the editor-in-chief of Ultiworld. You can reach him by email ( or on Twitter (@ceisenhood).

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