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6/24/2014
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Ron Kasabian
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World Cup: Assist Goes To Big Data

Success in soccer is based on hard work and talent. But at an elite level like World Cup 2014, data analytics can be the ultimate edge.

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Shane M. O'Neill
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6/24/2014 | 7:16:15 PM
How do you win?
Experience and hard work are the paths to winning in any sport, but what do you do when everybody is extremely talented, well-coached, the best of the best? You take performance-enhancing drugs. No, I'm kidding. You throw money at the problem and buy the best players. Kidding again (though that's worth doing if you have the cash). You ANALYZE THE DATA to find insights hidden to the naked eye and use them to your advantage.
Henrisha
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Henrisha,
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6/25/2014 | 3:20:13 PM
Re: How do you win?
Exactly: analysis is key. If everyone has the bodies and the training down pat, then it's a matter of being the smarter, more efficient, and more effective player.
David Wagner
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6/26/2014 | 5:58:11 PM
Re: How do you win?
@Shane- Well, there's another thing you can do. You can do what the US did today and let someone else win for you so you can advance. :)
Gary_EL
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6/25/2014 | 12:36:03 AM
A Great New Use

It wasn't so long ago that techniques such as these were only available for the most esoteric design projects, and now they will be available to make elite athletes even better. We can expect a new round of word records, this time not due to steroids, as more and more sports organizations take advantage of these methods. I especially hope that through big data, a way can be found to reduce concussions in contact sports, such as football, without reducing the excitement for players and fans alike.
David Wagner
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6/26/2014 | 6:00:12 PM
Re: A Great New Use
@Gary_El- I wonder whether big data will let us pass what we previously thought was the limit of human ability. I mean, i like at Usain Bolt. I don't see how even data can improve on that. What does he not do that data can find?
Gary_EL
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6/26/2014 | 7:05:31 PM
Re: A Great New Use
I think that's the whole thing about statistical analysis. The theory isn't there to support improvement, but statistics points out new ways anyhow. Then, it's up to theoreticians of all stripes to try to find an underlying reason to support the facts brought out in statistics. Of course, there may prove to be no way to improve on Usain's insane abilities, but maybe what he does can be quantified, and us lesser mortals can improve ourselves by imitating something he does.
David Wagner
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6/26/2014 | 7:09:02 PM
Re: A Great New Use
@Gary_El- Ahh...now that Ic an see. I think data analysis can definitely "lift up the bottom." The part I'm struggling with more, I guess, is the idea of record breaking. But I supposed with no analysis, the fastest runner is only the one who stumbles on the right technique. Like the Fosbury flop in high jumping. 

But with analysis someone who is naturally stronger or fitter but with bad technique can get better. 
glenbren
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6/29/2014 | 12:34:52 PM
Re: A Great New Use
Using data analysis to improve technique and strategy, and hopefully reduce the need/desire for enhancement drugs is great and all that, but where does it end? And where's the fun? 
David Wagner
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6/30/2014 | 3:02:40 PM
Re: A Great New Use
@glenbren- I think it ends at a championship and that is fun. :)

No, I assume what you are saying is that it takes the people element out of the game in the form of a computer printout. I can see the complaint. But I think humans like to use tools to make their lives better. And this is a good tool. Ultimately, it is still people who kick the ball and make it happen. 
glenbren
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6/30/2014 | 3:35:13 PM
Re: A Great New Use
Sure, it is fun. I like to watch records being broken as much as the next person. I'm just wondering how good can they get? Will there be a point where they just can't humanly get any better, even after applying all the technology? Technology may have no limits, but the body does. What then?
David Wagner
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6/30/2014 | 3:37:53 PM
Re: A Great New Use
@glenbren- Maybe the body doesn't have limits. I know I enjoyed watching Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, and Barry Bonds belt out homers. I knew they were on stuff then and it didn't take away the fun. It didn't take it away when it was mostly proven.

I prefer us approaching out limits through non-chemical means. But maybe I'm in the minority, but I just enjoy watching people do the impossible however it happens.
glenbren
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6/30/2014 | 4:01:31 PM
Re: A Great New Use
I think you probably are in the minority there! People like Ben Johnson, Marion Jones and Lance Armstrong were fun to watch too, but I don't think it would have been as fun if we had known then what we know now, especially with Armstrong. Maybe it's different with baseball, or all team sports. It would take a lot for me to stop supporting my hockey team!
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6/28/2014 | 6:13:10 AM
Re: world cup 2014 moving to the next level with big data.
In this year's World Cup, teams will benefit, not only from training, but from technology that analyzes each of those events in combination with data from sensors, video, and more to build an unbeatable strategy. Soccer clubs face a data explosion, which is causing them to grapple with massive amounts of information from sensors, video feeds, social media, and other sources. Data analysis tools can also help paint a picture around the numbers and uncover hidden trends in data that coaches and managers can actually use. To make sense of all this information, clubs are using new big-data analytics technologies to improve their team personnel and on-field performance.
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