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Variance in betting
torsdag 11. mai 2017
Assume that we place bets.
Let be our payout from the th game.
Let be our probability of winning bet .
Let be our stake at bet
For simplicity, assume that
is the bookmaker odds (implying no edge)
Then, according to the definition of expected value,
This was to be expected, as we have no edge due to my assumption above. We simply expect to get our stake in return.
Then we calculate the variance of
Then we introduce a new variable,
, which is the sum of all returns divided by the sum of all stakes.
We expect intuitively that the expected
is , which also holds mathematically true because
What is more interesting is the variance of
The standard deviation is calculated as follows
This expression gets simplified if we assume that every stake
Side 1 for Teori
If we assume equal (constant) odds for every bet such that
, we have that
Assume that you are placing 20 bets all with an odds of .
This confirms that
bets is not a statistically significant result.
Side 2 for Teori