ESPN.com's John Hollinger returns with another edition of the Pro Basketball Forecast, packed full of stats and discussion on every single player who saw time in the league last year plus each team's draft picks and a season analysis. Hollinger is one of the leaders of basketball's statistical revolution, devising new ways of looking at players and teams to better see their true worth. Denver Nuggets assistant coach Chip Engelland opined, "I don't know if the teams know so much about some of their players." By reading the Forecast, you can know what Hollinger does.
Author: Robert P. Schumaker
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Release Date: 2010-09-10
Data mining is the process of extracting hidden patterns from data, and it’s commonly used in business, bioinformatics, counter-terrorism, and, increasingly, in professional sports. First popularized in Michael Lewis’ best-selling Moneyball: The Art of Winning An Unfair Game, it is has become an intrinsic part of all professional sports the world over, from baseball to cricket to soccer. While an industry has developed based on statistical analysis services for any given sport, or even for betting behavior analysis on these sports, no research-level book has considered the subject in any detail until now. Sports Data Mining brings together in one place the state of the art as it concerns an international array of sports: baseball, football, basketball, soccer, greyhound racing are all covered, and the authors (including Hsinchun Chen, one of the most esteemed and well-known experts in data mining in the world) present the latest research, developments, software available, and applications for each sport. They even examine the hidden patterns in gaming and wagering, along with the most common systems for wager analysis.
Author: David Berri
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Release Date: 2007-09-04
Genre: Business & Economics
The Wages of Wins is a proper analysis of the data generated by professional sports; it tells many tales that are inconsistent with the myths put forward by the media, industry, and consumers of professional sport.
The founder of FiveThirtyEight.com challenges myths about predictions in subjects ranging from the financial market and weather to sports and politics, profiling the world of prediction to explain how readers can distinguish true signals from hype, in a report that also reveals the sources and societal costs of wrongful predictions.
Author: Dean Oliver
Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Sports & Recreation
Journey inside the numbers for an exceptional set of statistical tools and rules that can help explain the winning, or losing, ways of a basketball team. Basketball on Paper doesnat diagram plays or explain how players get in shape, but instead demonstrates how to interpret player and team performance. Dean Oliver highlights general strategies for teams when theyare winning or losing and what aspects should be the focus in either situation. He describes and quantifies the jobs of team leaders and role players, then discusses the interactions between players and how to achieve the best fit. Oliver conceptualizes the meaning of teamwork and how to quantify the value of different types of players working together. He examines historically successful NBA teams and identifies what made them so successful: individual talent, a system of putting players together, or good coaching. Oliver then uses these statistical tools and case studies to evaluate the best players in history, such as Magic Johnson, Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, and Charles Barkley and how they contributed to their teamsa success. He does the same for some of the NBAas oddball players-Manute Bol, Muggsy Bogues, and Dennis Rodman and for the WNBAas top players. Basketball on Paper is unique in its incorporation of business and analytical concepts within the context of basketball to measure the value of players in a cooperative setting. Whether youare looking for strategies or new ideas to throw out while watching the ballgame at a sports bar, Dean Oliveras Basketball on Paper will give you amazing new insights into teamwork, coaching, and success."
Author: Danco Davcev
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Release Date: 2010-01-06
Genre: Technology & Engineering
This book is the result of the first International Conference ICT Innovations 2009. The ICT Innovations conference is the primary scientific action of the Macedonian Society on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT-ACT). It promotes the publication of scientific results of the international community related to innovative fundamental and applied research in ICT. Today, ICT has enlarged its horizons and it is practiced under multidisciplinary contexts that introduce new challenges to theore- cal and technical approaches. The ICT Innovations 2009 conference gathered academics, professionals and pr- titioners reporting their valuable experiences in developing solutions and systems in the industrial and business arena especially innovative commercial implementations, novel applications of technology, and experience in applying recent research advances to practical situations, in any ICT areas. The conference focuses on issues concerning a variety of ICT fields like: • Multimedia Information Systems • Artificial Intelligence • Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing • Eco and Bio Informatics • Internet and Web Applications and Services • Wireless and Mobile Communications and Services • Computer Networks, Security and Cryptography • Distributed Systems, GRID and Cloud Computing ICT Innovations 2009 Conference was held in Ohrid, Macedonia, in September 28-30, 2009. Local arrangements provided by the members of the Macedonian Society on Information and Communication Technologies – ICT-ACT, mainly consisting of teaching and research staff of Computer Science Department at Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies and Institute of Informatics at Faculty of Natural Sciences, both at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Macedonia.
Since the beginning of the twentieth century, photographic composition has been taught mostly by applying the principles from the field of graphic design. But the factor that distinguishes the work of master photographers is their ability to see and describe scenes visually. This book follows contemporary educational methods used to teach fine arts such as drawing and painting, concentrating on teaching the perception of critical visual elements and understanding how they will be rendered photographically. "In many respects, this book can do for photography what Betty Edwards’ best-selling Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain did for drawing. Many people believe that seeing is a mysterious gift, the so-called ‘artist's eye." says Krages. The core of the book is a group of sixty exercise that readers perform to learn how to perceive points, lines, and shapes in static and dynamic settings. These exercises are structured enough to push photographers to develop their cognitive abilities while at the same time flexible enough to allow for individual creative expression. They also show the importance of knowing about the subject and provide some history about the specific genres at the heart of each exercise.
The St. Louis Cardinals have experienced the kind of success that is rare in baseball. Regarded by many as the premier organization in Major League Baseball, they not only win, but do so with an apparently bottomless pool of talent, one that is mostly homegrown. Despite years of phenomenal achievements, including going to the World Series in 2004 and again in 2006, the Cardinals reinvented themselves using the "Cardinal Way," a term that has come to represent many things to fans, media, and other organizations, from an ironclad code of conduct to the team's cutting-edge use of statistic and analytics, and a farm system that has transformed baseball. Baseball journalist Howard Megdal takes fans behind the scenes and off the field, interviewing dozens of key players within the Cardinals organization, including owner Bill DeWitt and the general manager John Mozeliak. Megdal reveals how the players are assessed and groomed using an unrivaled player development system that has created a franchise that is the envy of the baseball world. In the spirit of Moneyball, The Cardinals Way tells an in-depth, fascinating story about a consistently good franchise, the business of sports in the twenty-first century and a team that has learned how to level the playing field, turning in season after successful season.
Author: Mark Titus
Publisher: Anchor Books
Release Date: 2013-03-12
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
An irreverent critique of big-time NCAA basketball by the author of the popular Club Trillion blog describes how his ambition to become a doctor was sidelined so that that he could join the elite Buckeyes in spite of his lesser talents, which rendered him perpetually benched and ironically scouted by the Harlem Globetrotters.
Release Date: 2005
Genre: American literature
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