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A deep dive into sports analytics research. Hosted by Canzhi Ye, former Brooklyn Nets basketball analytics associate.

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A deep dive into sports analytics research. Hosted by Canzhi Ye, former Brooklyn Nets basketball analytics associate.

    3 - Dani Chu, NFL Route Identification

    3 - Dani Chu, NFL Route Identification

    I was joined by Dani Chu, a graduate student in statistics at Simon Fraser University and part of the team that won the NFL's inaugural Big Data Bowl. We talk about his fascinating research done on NFL tracking data to identify routes. We also speculate and think wishfully about the metrics that could be developed if the tracking data were to ever become public.

    The paper: https://arxiv.org/abs/1908.02423

    The Josh Hermsmeyer article we mentioned: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/can-nfl-coaches-overuse-play-action-they-havent-yet/

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    2 - Kanaad Parvate, NBA shot policies, MDPs, Reinforcement Learning, etc

    2 - Kanaad Parvate, NBA shot policies, MDPs, Reinforcement Learning, etc

    My guest today is Kanaad. He is a friend of mine from Berkeley, and he is a Cavs and RL enthusiast.  We talk about a fascinating paper from the 2018 Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. The main idea is that by modeling each possession as a Markov Decision Process, it becomes easy to build a simulator that can help us answer questions like "How much more efficient would a team be if they took 20% fewer midrange shots early in the shot clock?" 



    The paper: http://www.lukebornn.com/papers/sandholtz_ssac_2018.pdf

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    1 - Ryan Davis, Adjusted Plus-Minus and Friends

    1 - Ryan Davis, Adjusted Plus-Minus and Friends

    A discussion with Twitter friend Ryan Davis (@rd11490) of a seminal paper in the field of NBA analytics, "Improved NBA Adjusted +/- Using Regularization and Out-of-Sample Testing." Afterwards, we share ideas on ways to further improve RAPM.
    (00:00) paper discussion
    (29:00) additional topics on player evaluation with RAPM framework

    Paper: http://www.sloansportsconference.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/joeSillSloanSportsPaperWithLogo.pdf
    RAPM tutorial: https://twitter.com/rd11490/status/1128782945630740483

    • 1 hr 6 min
    0 - Hello World!

    0 - Hello World!

    Introducing the Sports on Paper podcast, hosted by Canzhi Ye.

    First real episode coming soon...

    Follow the pod on twitter @sportsonpaper!

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