Friday, March 16, 2012

That's a Slam Dunk: Basketball Analytics

It turns out that moneyball, the technique (book and movie) of applying analytics to baseball, is also being applied to the NBA.  A recent conference at MIT looked at the various ways in which basketball can be understood by applying the analytics lens.  Some of the fascinating paper topics included a discussion about whether playoff experience matters in winning championships, and how to calculate the odds of choking a free throw.  Clearly,  the business of professional sports is ripe for use of analytics.  Now if someone would just figure out a way to use analytics to predict the NCAA tournament winner...

Read the article.

(Submitted by Bharath)

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