Best of Seven Outcome Probability Dec 2020

Best of Seven -- Calculate Outcome Probabilities

We have all watched sport series based on winning the best of seven — or first team to win four games.

I consider two teams: Team A and Team B. Given the probability of Team A winning any one game, p(A); therefore, Team B has p(B) = 1 – p(A) probability of winning any one game.

The two teams have eight possible outcomes:

4-3, 4-2, 4-1, 4-0,

0-4, 1-4, 2-4, 3-4

Using hypergeometric probability, I calculate the likelihood of each of the 8 outcomes given each Team A probability (0.0 to 1.0).

Best of Seven Live Chart

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Static Plots

All Outcomes
Winning Outcomes

Using PLOTLY live plots

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All Outcomes
Winning Outcomes

Best of Seven -- Winning Outcome Probabilities
Best of Seven Winning Outcomes Live Chart

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Team A Winning Outcomes

The best of seven series steers the odds of winning in favor of the winning team. See table and chart below.

Game p(A) Series p(A)
0.50 0.50
0.60 0.71
0.70 0.874
0.80 0.967
0.90 0.997
1.00 1.00

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