Team selection by Portfolio Optimization

J. M. Mulvey, W. Green, C. Traub

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Choosing a golf team from a group of eligible candidates is posed as a stochastic optimisation model. We apply portfolio theory in a quest to maximize the team's result relative to its capabilities and the competition. A trade-off exists between reward and risk as measured by the probability of achieving a designated goal. We see that quantitative tools can be combined with expert judgment of the coaching staff in order to arrive at an "optimal" solution. The techniques are applied to the Princeton University golf team.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationScience and Golf IV
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the WorId Scientific Congress of Golf
PublisherTaylor and Francis Inc.
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780203715000
ISBN (Print)9780415283021
StatePublished - Nov 12 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


  • Decision making under uncertainty
  • Optimisation
  • Team selection


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