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World Cup Management: Data Or Intuition?
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tjgkg
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tjgkg,
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6/24/2014 | 7:04:37 PM
Re: Do we have to worry about that anymore?
Why bother with human players then? Just make the coaches and players all robots. I think I saw something like that on the Jetsons many moons ago.
tjgkg
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tjgkg,
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6/24/2014 | 7:02:51 PM
Re: Ja Wohl Deutschland!
Thank God there are no vuvuzelas at this World Cup. That was quite a distraction last time.
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tjgkg,
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6/24/2014 | 7:00:34 PM
Re: a better test for big data
It sounds like soccer is getting like baseball in its use of statistics and other forms of data. I am not quite sure of heat measurements though. Now if only FIFA can use all this technology to quickly react to a player who bites another player during the course of the World Cup.
tjgkg
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tjgkg,
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6/24/2014 | 6:58:20 PM
Re: Ja Wohl Deutschland!
I thought Liverpool sang the "You'll Never Walk Alone" song? In any case Emirates Stadium is quite a site. I remember watching it go up and pass it frequently whilst on the train out of Kings Cross.
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tjgkg,
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6/24/2014 | 6:47:57 PM
Re: Ja Wohl Deutschland!
Hopefully they will not be celebrating victory on Thursday when they play the US!
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6/19/2014 | 1:28:20 PM
Visceral experience
It's interesting that big data can see through enough noise to make any valid decision for the world cup. But you need not only top statisticians to find the data for the noise, you need a good coach who is experienced enough to know if that has a chance for success. Often a gut reaction is only years of experience voicing itself in a visceral way.
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6/19/2014 | 10:17:28 AM
Re: World Cup Management: Data Or Intuition
Geeze, there's a lot to talk about here. It's not the first time we've used sports as a proving grounds for these kinds of up-and-coming technologies, and I'm sure it won't be the last... but it just may be the most important in our lifetimes. "Big Data'' is a term that I think still has a lot to prove to lot of people - maybe not to the IT person, or even the businessperson, anymore, but to the layperson. It sounds goofy. They need to see the results, and, as you rightly point out, those results have to be crystal clear, or people will poke holes in them. The average person doesn't know how this stuff works - to them it's just vague 'technology' working behind the scenes (I'm picturing my parents here) until they see it with their own eyes.

There's a question of ideals here, and not just efficiency as well. Should grandma use analytics to optimize her famous cookie recipe? Sports folks are very protective of their realm and traditions. The fact that any technology that tries to get in is vetted heavily and met with criticism makes it a great litmus test for how the public will react to, say, the self-driving cars that Rich brings up. As for analytics at this year's world cup? I'm sure they're already being used on most teams - but the kind that is really comprehensive, and makes decisions for you? I think that's still a few years off. We still have to put the 'smart' in 'smart analytics'. Worth thinking about in the mean time, though.
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6/13/2014 | 11:15:48 PM
Re: Do we have to worry about that anymore?
Coaching, at least certain styles of it, takes way too much emotional IQ for a robot. Players have gotten plenty of robotic human coaches fired. A real robot wouldn't last a few weeks.
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6/13/2014 | 8:50:32 PM
Re: Cold and Heartless Data
Nice. Will do ( or continue to do ).  Thanks David !  : ) 
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6/13/2014 | 3:25:37 PM
Re: Ja Wohl Deutschland!
yes, they do know, how to celebrate victory...
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