The use of data to inform and illuminate is gradually creeping into the mainstream media with varying degrees of success. The best examples legitimately combine excellent writing, an engaging narrative and data collection and interpretation, to produce… Read more ›
The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference has always been more of a sports business conference through the years, but since 2010 the conference has had tracks in which presentations on various topics in sports analytics have been presented. This year the Research Paper competition returns to the SSAC, but this time with tracks for publications on Baseball, […] Read more ›
ESPN FC’s Alejandro Moreno believes this year’s clash between City and Barca will be similar to last year when Barcelona won 4-1 on aggregate.
The final four first legs of the Champions League Round of 16 take places this week. Here is a statistical look at the four matches this week, complete with Soccer Power Index (SPI) projections.
Manchester City vs. Barcelona
Barcelona is a 74 percent favorite to advance according to SPI, but was unlucky in its draw, as only Juventus would have been a worse potential opponent of Barca’s seven possibilities.
Man City was even unluckier, as it would have been favored against half of its six possible… Read more ›
Later this week, I will attend my fifth MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, which encompasses the transition of the conference from a one-day meeting of academics and sport insiders to a two-day cultural event on sports analytics and sports business. I have attended all of the conferences in which there was a dedicated panel […] Read more ›
In this previous post I looked at the effect of place kicking ability on the result of a single rugby union match based on rating kickers with a simple logistic regression model. The results highlighted the development of George Ford, England’s cu… Read more ›
James Yorke has a post here today about PDO. I have thoughts about several of the points raised but it’s simpler to write them here than just send a long string on twitter. It’ll be in a quote/response format. “…then you get a grey area where some people multiply the derived figure by 1000, some … Continue reading → Read more ›
ESPN FC’s Gab Marcotti disagrees with Alejandro Moreno that PSG should not be written off just yet ahead of their Champions League round of 16 match against Chelsea, where he feels the side can turn its fortunes around.
The Champions League knockout round begins Tuesday. Here is a statistical look at the four matches this week, complete with Soccer Power Index (SPI) projections:
PSG vs. Chelsea (Tuesday)
Chelsea is a 65 percent favorite to advance to the quarterfinals, according to SPI, but despite that, was unlucky to draw PSG. According to SPI, only Juventus would have been a worse possible matchup of the five possible options for Chelsea. It was a middle of the road draw for PSG, who would have been favored… Read more ›
The importance of the boot in rugby union is increasingly evident. Not only as a means of gaining territory, but most obviously as a way of advancing the scoreboard through both penalties or conversions.Place kicking is the most visible of set plays in… Read more ›