Outline

  • Appreciate the usage of analytics and statistics in sports

How is Analytics Used in Sports?

  • Designing lineups
  • Power ranking of teams
  • Determining future potential of draft picks
  • Predicting outcomes of games
  • Much more!

Elo Rating System

Using Random Forests to Estimate Win Probability Before Each Play of an NFL Game

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Building Optimal Teams (Moneyball)

Predicting outcomes of games

  • Arguably longest application of data in sports
  • Collecting past data and leveraging that to predict the outcomes of future games

Finding Similar Players

Are some players closely related to others that they form groups or clusters?