Does a mathematical equation hold the key to Leicester's success? One professor believes so.
Mathematicians at the University of Leicester have derived an equation to explain the secret behind Leicester City’s wonderful Premier League triumph this season, according to reports from the Leicester Mercury.
Back in August, Leicester City were priced at 5000-1 by Bookies to win the Premier League title and there were better odds for Kim Kardashian to become United States President in 2020 or indeed Elvis Presley to be found alive.
However, Leicester defied all odds as well as logic in order to claim the English crown and many have simply failed to explain how Claudio Ranieri’s men were able to pull off such a marvelous feat.
Many things in life cannot be explained but some mathematicians certainly do not think so and Professors at the University of Leicester have taken the trouble to come up with an equation to reveal the secret behind the Foxes’ victory this season.
Using no less than 20 variables, Professor Jeremy Levesley and PhD student & lecturer Dominic Cortis from the University of Leicester’s Department of Mathematics, have devised a formula which explains exactly how Leicester City were able to accrue 81 points this season.
Speaking about their findings to the Leicester Mercury, Professor Levesley said: "No prediction model could have foreseen this conclusion at the start of the season.
But with the benefit of hindsight, significant bending of the laws of statistics and some convenient rounding we produced an equation that calculates the number of points obtained this season."
Co-author of the equation, Cortis added: "Working this out was easy-peasy, but the traditional disclaimer must apply here – this was meant just as a fun exercise with some major stats.
"Since I started the PhD at Leicester in 2012, I have gone to see a couple of matches each season and adopted LCFC as my team. It has been an amazing journey from the pain of losing that championship playoff to Watford to this jubilant season."