Sports Analytics

  • June 17, 2014 · 6:30 PM

We are excited to have Brad Null stopping by to discuss the use of analytics in sports.  Should be a fun evening...hope to see many of you there!

Abstract
Since the publication of Moneyball ten years ago, interest in using data and analytics to address various prediction and optimization problems in sports, and in particular in baseball, has exploded. In this talk I will discuss some of the challenges I have faced forecasting baseball and basketball results and optimizing related decisions and how I’ve addressed them. I will also discuss similar problems in other sports as well as the recent proliferation of visual tracking data in this realm and its potential to power new insights, algorithms, and products.

Speaker Bio
Brad Null earned his Ph.D. in Systems Engineering and Management Science from Stanford University, where his thesis focused on Stochastic Modeling and Optimization in Baseball. Brad has applied this research in various partnerships with teams, startups, and corporations. He also founded bracketvoodoo.com, ananalytical engine that powers real-time evaluation and optimization of March Madness brackets. Currently, as the Chief Data Scientist at Reputation.com, Brad leads initiatives to develop insights and products from a unique corpus of online professional, commercial, and personal data. Brad has also designed and implemented forecasting and optimization platforms in the areas of advertising, marketing, finance, and operations. 

Schedule
6:30 - 7:00pm Social (food + beer served) 
7:00 - 8:30pm Talk 
8:30 - 9:00pm Social


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  • Sujit P.

    Very interesting and entertaining.

    June 18

  • Marcus N.

    Very interesting talk. Entertaining presentation with good slides, very thought provoking.

    June 18

  • Omid Nasser B.

    Hi data peeps. Can't make it tonight, so everyone on the wait list check your status to see if the open spot went to you. Have fun!

    June 17

  • Ari K.

    Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM) is expected to roll out their new advanced player tracking technology soon (2015). It would be interesting to get his view on it and the availability of the captured data. As well as the comparison against other sports catching up.

    June 17

  • ryan m.

    hey my funded startup in the beacon/indoor proximity data space is looking for a senior data engineer/founder..can we announce this job at this event?

    1 · June 16

    • Tom K.

      Ryan - Shoot me an email and I might know of people that would be interested in the role. [masked]

      1 · June 17

  • Maggie C.

    currently a master in financial engineering student at Berkeley - love to know more about sports analytics

    June 13

  • dnkb

    is the talk going to be recorded and/or live broadcasted for those on the waiting list?

    1 · June 16

    • Todd H.

      It is not being recorded this time

      June 16

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can this talk be recorded?

    1 · June 16

  • Prolet M.

    Do you think there is any chance the people on the waitlist will be able to make it? Considering the interest maybe there should be a redo of the event :)

    5 · June 16

    • Preethi R.

      That is a great suggestion Prolet!

      June 16

  • Ira S.

    I am not going to be able to make the talk. But is there any hope for the NY Knicks? How much does Melo hurt the Knicks? Anything interesting on ball movement and the total amount of movement each team has on average?

    June 16

  • luc

    Any recommendations of similar vendors like MapR.com. Here's the context : Yes and No. Welcome to Big Data!!!
    So, we are talking about Offloading analytics data from multiple data source, multiple technoogies and vendors to one location. Then we mine this database and make the results available to our clients through our online dashboard.

    June 11

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