The Glicko-2 rating system is a method for assessing a player's strength in games of skill, such as chess and go. The algorithm is explained by its author, Mark E. Glickman, on http://glicko.net/glicko.html.
Each player begins with a rating, a rating deviation (accuracy of the rating) and a volatility (speed of rating evolution). These values will evolve according to the outcomes of matches with other players.
First we initiate a ranking manager and create players with initial ratings, rating deviations and volatilities.
var glicko2 = ;var settings =// tau : "Reasonable choices are between 0.3 and 1.2, though the system should// be tested to decide which value results in greatest predictive accuracy."tau : 05// rating : default ratingrating : 1500//rd : Default rating deviation// small number = good confidence on the rating accuracyrd : 200//vol : Default volatility (expected fluctation on the player rating)vol : 006;var ranking = settings;// Create playersvar Ryan = ranking;var Bob = ranking;var John = ranking;var Mary = ranking;
We can then enter results, calculate the new ratings...
var matches = ;matches; //Ryan won over Bobmatches; //Ryan lost against Johnmatches; //A draw between Ryan and Maryranking;
... and get these new ratings.
Get players list
var players = ranking;
Support for multiple competitors matches
You can easily enter results from games where multiple competitors play against each other at the same time (ie swimming, racing...).
First make "Race" objects by entering the results in an array of "positions", where each position is an array of players at this position :
var race1 = glicko;var race2 = glicko;
Then convert the races to the equivalent matches :
var matches1 = race1;var matches2 = race2;var allMatches = matches1ranking;
You can also update ratings for one race without converting to matches :
When to update rankings
You should not update the ranking after each match. The typical use of glicko is to calculate the ratings after each tournament (ie collection of matches in a period of time). A player rating will evolve after a tournament has finished, but not during the tournament.
Here is what says Mark E. Glickman about the number of matches in a tournament or rating period (cf. http://www.glicko.net/glicko/glicko2.pdf ) :
The Glicko-2 system works best when the number of games in a rating period is moderate to large, say an average of at least 10-15 games per player in a rating period.