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World Cup: Assist Goes To Big Data
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glenbren
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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!
David Wagner
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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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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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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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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? 
SachinEE
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SachinEE,
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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.
David Wagner
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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. 
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.
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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?
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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. :)
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