Began the meeting with the usual trivia. Afterwards, the basketball project group met and discussed some ideas for a project they would like to work on for the year. Decided on determining who the most average player in the NBA was.
We have been working on various projects in Basketball, Football, Soccer, and Baseball. Check out more projects here.
Members participated in trivia before club co-president Elliott Reece hosted a coding workshop in R. Members learned how to use ggplot to graph linear regressions using a data set of football stats. Members also had time to ask questions and learn about coding topics they were interested in.
Members began with trivia before Alex Quine gave the club a presentation on his experience with the Office of Undergraduate Research and his project. Undergraduate Research is one of many ways club members can get involved with hands-on projects with any topic they choose to learn more about.
Members started the meeting with trivia, before breaking into small groups to dicuss projects that would interest members. Groups were broken into football, basketball, baseball, and other projects, and members gave out ideas for future projects.
Board members introduced themselves to begin the year, while recapping the prior year to new and returning members. After this, the floor was opened for members to provide input for the types of projects and activities that might interest the group for this school year.
Members used R to create a logistic model to determine the win percentage of a NCAA tournament game based on varios factors such as adjusted offensive efficiency, adjusted defensive efficiency, luck, non-conference strength of schedule, among many others. There was also a discussion on the NCAA tournament bubble and the merits of the new NET ranking vs RPI.
Jason and Graham taught the IntRo tutorial using KenPom college basketball data. Members learned various methods of data manipulation and visualization within in R. They used R to plot Adjusted Defense vs Adjusted Offense and highlighted the ACC teams.
Jackson Hayzlett, a Master's student in Statistics, presented about his work with the NC State men's basketball team. He uses a system of advanced statistics to provide insights to the coaching staff related to player usage rate, lineup combinations, and opponent tendencies.
Nick Kapur, current statistics graduate student and founder of SAC, talked to us about his ongoing research in playcalling in Sports. He discussed the current progress and success of his model with the club. He is using Madden 17 to research optimal decision making in American Football. His model estimates several plays ahead and is performing better than models which only calculate the immdiate next best action.
We divided into our project groups and began working on our projects. We have ongoing projects concerning football, basketball, soccer and baseball.
Graham and Jason talked to the club about some cool applications and way to present data analytics. He also went over resources you can use to get better at coding. After Graham talked, we broke up into groups to discuss fall projects.
Walt DeGrange spoke to the Sports Analytics Club on his project concerning the effectiveness of analytics in profession sports.
This meeting we broke up into groups and discussed starting projects in football, baseball, basketball, etc.
This meeting, we had various members who have had experience in Sports Analytics set up stations and talk about their experience to the other members. People talked about working with the New York Yankees, Carolina Hurricanes, NC State Baseball Team, Indiana Pacers, and at Hackathons.
This first meeting of the year was an introduction of the club to the new members. We talked about plans for Fantasy, projects, guest speakers, coding workshops, etc. We hit all alltime high attendance record of 70 people!
This meeting we had a tough round of NBA trivia before Nick gave a talk about jobs in Sports Analytics with input from Marschall and Shusheela. They introduced the club to several resources they have used in the past and spoke at length about actual interview processes and jobs they've had in the industry.
Clay Barker, NC State graduate with a Ph.D. in Statistics, discussed his job at JMP. Through this job he has used Sports both as good examples in explaining methods he used and a useful way to next new procedures he develops. We also had NCAA tournament themed trivia. Finally, Dr. Osborne shared his new shiny app in which you can compare baseball pitcher lineups.
This last meeting we have a rousing round of Olympic and NCAA trivia before Marschall Furman and Nick Kapur talked about their experience at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference last weekend [slides here] . They discussed a hackathon in which they participated, ESPN and 538 booths, various talks about emerging uses of analytics in current sports, and the growing popularity of E-Sports. They also mentioned how this presents great networking opportunities, but please bring business cards! The desire for students with tableau experience was also noted. See cool videos of talks from the conference here.
Members were taught about bracketology and various ways to predict March Madness using data based descisions in preparation for several upcoming competitions. Methodology via descision trees, linear regression, and logistic regression were discussed. We saw many apps and plotting methods to visualize data as well. Links for all presented material are here.
Dr.'s Post and Osbourne both made Superbowl Trivia for us. We were then joined by Statistics graduate student, Jackson Hayzlett, who talked about his statisitcal work with the NCSU basketball team. He showed us how he tracks and reports his data using Excel.
Tonight the Sports Analytics Club was joined by Carolina Hurricanes owner, Tom Dundon. He talked about the future of analytics for his franchise. Marschall Furman then talked about the Kaggle March Madness competition and gave a brief overview the various methods used to build brackets.
For out first meeting of the year we did some basketball trivia, discussed a 538 article about the college football playoffs, and discussed upcoming March Madness competitions.
At our final meeting of the semester we discussed progress on Fall projects and plans for Spring Projects including March Madness competitions. The club also created a Bowl Prediction ESPN group
Jason and Graham spoke about their Statsketball Competition they won last year. It gained mention in the Wall Street Journal. Nick Kapur, founding member of the SAC club, talked about his graduate work on playcalling football using Madden simulations.
Dr. Osborne talked about his research on the effects of fatigue in the NBA and NHL Project Groups then met and discussed their progress.
Cole Conley, a NCSU Statistics Masters Graduate, shared his experience working analytics with USA Baseball, the organization behind Team USA in the Olympics and World Baseball Classic. We then broke up into four project groups and discussed plans for this semester.
Club members volunteered for shifts at NC States's annual Shack-A-Thon. Brady Baker shared his sports internship experiences with the club. See his presentation here. Next, Peter Norwood presented tennis research he conducted with Dr. Post He also created a Shiny App that helps visualize his data and research. Lastly, we divided into groups for Football, Basketball, and Soccer projects to brainstorm project ideas for this year.
In our first meeting of the 2017-18 school year, Club President Jason Thompson introduced Club Structure and Leadership. Club Vice President, Graham Pash, went through the SAC Website. Marschall Furman talked through two 538 Articles. First. Second. Finally, Jason announced our annual Fantasy Football Draft.