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Python implementation of Weng-Lin Bayesian ranking, a better, license-free alternative to TrueSkill

This is a port of the amazing openskill.js package.


pip install openskill


>>> from openskill import Rating, rate
>>> a1 = Rating()
>>> a1
Rating(mu=25, sigma=8.333333333333334)
>>> a2 = Rating(mu=32.444, sigma=5.123)
>>> a2
Rating(mu=32.444, sigma=5.123)
>>> b1 = Rating(43.381, 2.421)
>>> b1
Rating(mu=43.381, sigma=2.421)
>>> b2 = Rating(mu=25.188, sigma=6.211)
>>> b2
Rating(mu=25.188, sigma=6.211)

If a1 and a2 are on a team, and wins against a team of b1 and b2, send this into rate:

>>> [[x1, x2], [y1, y2]] = rate([[a1, a2], [b1, b2]])
>>> x1, x2, y1, y2
([28.669648436582808, 8.071520788025197], [33.83086971107981, 5.062772998705765], [43.071274808241974, 2.4166900452721256], [23.149503312339064, 6.1378606973362135])

You can also create Rating objects by importing create_rating:

>>> from openskill import create_rating
>>> x1 = create_rating(x1)
>>> x1
Rating(mu=28.669648436582808, sigma=8.071520788025197)


When displaying a rating, or sorting a list of ratings, you can use ordinal:

>>> from openskill import ordinal
>>> ordinal(mu=43.07, sigma=2.42)

By default, this returns mu - 3 * sigma, showing a rating for which there's a 99.7% likelihood the player's true rating is higher, so with early games, a player's ordinal rating will usually go up and could go up even if that player loses.

Artificial Ranks

If your teams are listed in one order but your ranking is in a different order, for convenience you can specify a ranks option, such as:

>>> a1 = b1 = c1 = d1 = Rating()
>>> result = [[a2], [b2], [c2], [d2]] = rate([[a1], [b1], [c1], [d1]], rank=[4, 1, 3, 2])
>>> result
[[[20.96265504062538, 8.083731307186588]], [[27.795084971874736, 8.263160757613477]], [[24.68943500312503, 8.083731307186588]], [[26.552824984374855, 8.179213704945203]]]

It's assumed that the lower ranks are better (wins), while higher ranks are worse (losses). You can provide a score instead, where lower is worse and higher is better. These can just be raw scores from the game, if you want.

Ties should have either equivalent rank or score.

>>> a1 = b1 = c1 = d1 = Rating()
>>> result = [[a2], [b2], [c2], [d2]] = rate([[a1], [b1], [c1], [d1]], score=[37, 19, 37, 42])
[[[24.68943500312503, 8.179213704945203]], [[22.826045021875203, 8.179213704945203]], [[24.68943500312503, 8.179213704945203]], [[27.795084971874736, 8.263160757613477]]]

Choosing Models

The default model is PlackettLuce. You can import alternate models from openskill.models like so:

>>> from openskill.models import BradelyTerryFull
>>> a1 = b1 = c1 = d1 = Rating()
>>> rate([[a1], [b1], [c1], [d1]], rank=[4, 1, 3, 2], model=BradleyTerryFull)
[[[17.09430584957905, 7.5012190693964005]], [[32.90569415042095, 7.5012190693964005]], [[22.36476861652635, 7.5012190693964005]], [[27.63523138347365, 7.5012190693964005]]]

Available Models

  • BradleyTerryFull: Full Pairing for Bradley-Terry
  • BradleyTerryPart: Partial Pairing for Bradely-Terry
  • PlackettLuce: Generalized Bradley-Terry
  • ThurstonMostellerFull: Full Pairing for Thurston-Mosteller
  • ThurstonMostellerPart: Partial Pairing for Thurston-Mosteller

Which Model Do I Want?

  • Bradley-Terry rating models follow a logistic distribution over a player's skill, similar to Glicko.
  • Thurstone-Mosteller rating models follow a gaussian distribution, similar to TrueSkill. Gaussian CDF/PDF functions differ in implementation from system to system (they're all just chebyshev approximations anyway). The accuracy of this model isn't usually as great either, but tuning this with an alternative gamma function can improve the accuracy if you really want to get into it.
  • Full pairing should have more accurate ratings over partial pairing, however in high k games (like a 100+ person marathon race), Bradley-Terry and Thurston-Mosteller models need to do a calculation of joint probability which involves is a k-1 dimensional integration, which is computationally expensive. Use partial pairing in this case, where players only change based on their neighbors.
  • Plackett-Luce (default) is a generalized Bradley-Terry model for k ≥ 3 teams. It scales best.

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Python implementation of Weng-Lin Bayesian ranking, a better, license-free alternative to TrueSkill