Hard Yards is a history of Australian rugby league presented as a gaming system that allows the user to replay any season since 1980, resulting in hypothetical outcomes that reflect the style of play for every team. This book details the processes that show how the structure of the algorithm works, though the bulk of the content is devoted to tables that rate each team and player for each year. This is a working system that has been developed specifically for digital conversion. Depending on individual player composition, historical teams generally play according to their actual on-field performances, while the user offers input into various tactical decisions. This handbook only covers the local competition since 1980, but that has been done purely to give programmers enough information to build computer models to test several seasons. The eventual project will include all seasons since 1908, plus certain representative features (e.g. Tests and Origin series). 366 pages.For anyone interested in discussing the commercial development of Hard Yards as a digital program, please contact the author.
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