A picture paints a thousand words – to humans, at least. Traditionally, however, images have made little sense to computers, which have no conception of the meaning behind the strings of code that make up a digital image. Of course, some computers have long had the ability to identify and
Tag: sports analytics
Recently, Scott Jackson, Director Business Intelligence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shared their data quality, reporting and analytics journey. They're using SAS in a multitude of ways – from operations, institutional research, athletics – and are now looking to scale to the enterprise. They've been so successful
As you might have guessed from some of my previous blog posts, I'm an avid paddler. I like to paddle boats, and I like to try to go fast! And when I'm considering buying a new boat, it's only natural that I would analyze the data to make an informed
One game down, one more to go. Yesterday’s analysis on Belgium and France predicted a balanced game, which in reality proved to be the case as well. Congratulations to France for reaching the final! Today we look at the other semi-final between England and Croatia. Again, we worked with our
By David Smith Rowing is a “data rich sport” and multiple data sources are already being analysed by British Rowing, in particular to understand more about elite level performance. The more the coaches understand about what the data tells them, the more they can combine it with their own expertise
With a couple of big games coming up tonight and tomorrow, we teamed up with our partner SciSports to analyse the strengths of the remaining four teams. Here is an analysis of the French and Belgian teams. SciSports is a Dutch company providing data analysis and intelligence to the football industry. Their
Advanced analytics is an important part of artificial intelligence (AI). Machine learning, or the ability of computers to learn from data, rather than through programming rules, means that more complex problems can be addressed than would otherwise be possible. It is significantly easier to supply lots of data and examples
It won’t have escaped your attention that a sporting event has just kicked off in Russia; 32 teams and 732 players will be watched by billions of fans before one team earns the right to be crowned world champions. We now know the groups, and the roadmap to the final
Ever since the Moneyball book & movie came out, athletes have been scrambling to use data and analytics to gain a competitive advantage. One of my favorite sports is boat racing - the ones you paddle. Follow along as I lead you through some maps and graphs I created for
Sports clubs have a lot of data, from a wide range of sources. For the players themselves, there is physical data, about their condition, there is medical information, and there is performance data — e.g. goals scored or saved, time on the pitch. Clubs also have plenty of data about
American readers may know that the ongoing 2018 international soccer/football tournament is a big deal in other countries. But it's hard to grasp just how ubiquitous and important it is when there's no other event like it in the United States. The best way I can describe it is if the
Ballpark Chasers A cross-country trip is pretty much an all-American experience, and so is baseball. Traveling around the country to see all 30 Major League Baseball (MLB) stadiums is not a new idea; there's even a social network between so-called "Ballpark Chasers" where people communicate and share their journeys. Even
What do the New York Mets, the Orlando Magic and the Boston Bruins all have in common? They all use SAS analytics to gain deeper insights into athlete recruitment, retention, performance, safety and more. And after seeing the success teams like these have had using analytics, collegiate sports are turning
In the following 2012 season, NBA teams shot an average of 18.4 three-point shots per game, which had risen by four shots per game since the 2001-02 season. Just five years later, this number rose by 8.6 attempts per game, to an average of 27 attempts in 2017. But what caused this increase?
Most people’s ideas about analytics in sport are probably based on the book and film Moneyball, about Billy Beane, manager of the Oakland Athletics baseball team in 2002, and his efforts to find a way to build a winning team without overspending. His analytical approach set the foundation for the
I recently paddled in a boat race, and was wondering how I did compared to all the other paddlers. And being a Graph Guy, I decided I should find a cool way to graph the data ... Here's some background information ... There's a great organization called Bridge II Sports
This past weekend, I was a volunteer helping with an Ironman 70.3 race. I was really impressed & inspired by the athletes ... I was also excited about the quantity and variety of data generated by this type of race (compared to a regular marathon). And as a 'graph guy' I
Billy Beane attained fame in baseball and analytics circles long before Brad Pitt portrayed him in the 2011 film Moneyball. In fact, Beane was making quite the name for himself prior to Michael Lewis’s 2004 book of the same name. It’s no overstatement to claim that, as general manager (GM)
Opening Day is here! Every game experience at the ball park is memorable for my family. I'm excited to smell the fresh popcorn and peanuts. I love holding cold drinks in hopes of catching a foul ball with my cup. I’m anxious to see my team’s new prospects in action
Here in the US, it's the nationwide men's college basketball tournament season! Therefore let's use some data from the previous years' tournaments to sharpen our analytics & visualization skills... But before we get started, I must mention (brag?) that my alma mater, NC State University, won this tournament in 1983.
The second round of the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament was an interesting one. Eight-seeded Wisconsin took out the reigning champion Wildcats, despite pundit predictions that Villanova could go all the way again. South Carolina, 24-10 in the SEC during the regular season, upset perennial favorite Duke by seven points.
My high school basketball coach started preparing us for the tournaments in the season’s first practice. He talked about the “long haul” of tournament basketball, and geared our strategies toward a successful run at the end of the season. I thought about the “long haul” when considering my brackets for
The NC Scholastic Chess Championship is coming up this weekend, and my buddy Michael Thomas asked if I might could create a few graphs to help analyze the event data. How could I pass up an opportunity like that?!?! Read along, and find out what graphs I created, and the
“Here comes Chicago. 17 seconds, 17 seconds from Game 7 or from Championship number 6. Jordan open. Chicago with the lead”. These words from a TV commentary describe Michael Jordan 's crucial shot in game 6 of the NBA Finals 1997/98 between the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz, which probably
If you are involved in Analytics, you already know that there are some key areas to be aware of in order to achieve results. Over the last year and a half I’ve found that some of those things make Sports a really intriguing and exciting, not to say the ultimate
Who cares about sports and data? Not just athletes, coaches and fans. It turns out that many companies outside of sporting organisations are also associated with the sports industry. For example, financial services organisations are actively involved in sports sponsorships. Retailers sell fan merchandise. Telcos build social engagement strategies around
.@philsimon chimes in on new data-gathering methods and what they mean for analytics.
When you read people’s stories of winning Olympic medals, they often fall into cliché. It's hard not to. In my experience, the nerves, the expectations, the emotions are all heightened beyond what I've ever experienced, so it becomes necessary to use all the hyperbole at your disposal. That said, winning
Machine learning applications for NBA coaches and players might seem like an odd choice for me to write about. Let us get something out of the way: I don’t know much about basketball. Or baseball. Or even soccer, much to the chagrin of my friends back home in Europe. However,
The summer games have all the elements of a great story—power, drama, intrigue, and the key moment when one team rises above the rest and is dressed in gold. I guess I can’t help but love the games -- and as a professional communicator, I can’t resist a great story.