Analyzing a NHL Playoff Game With Twitter

Since its inception eight years ago Jack Dorsey's Twitter has grown into one of the most popular websites on the internet. With over a billion registered users and an average of five hundred million tweets sent per day Twitter is creating incredible amounts of data. Many novel ideas have come out of the question of what to do with all of this data, from predicting stocks to more recently predicting crime. When I was first learning python one of the first libraries I came across was Tweepy, an open source, easy to use python library for accessing the Twitter API.…

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Is Basketball A Weakest Link Sport?

I recently finished The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know About Soccer Is Wrong by Chris Anderson and David Sally, the book describes recent innovations in soccer analytics. In it Anderson and Sally talk about how they believe soccer is on the verge of its "Moneyball" moment, as more and more clubs are employing analysts to run the numbers trying to find that extra edge on the competition just as Bill James did for the Oakland A's over a decade ago. One of the most intriguing takeaways I found in The Numbers Game was a chapter where the authors described…

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What If NCAA Basketball Players Were Paid? - An Analysis

Every year around this time, after the conclusion of the collegiate football season and the height of March Madness the question I always hear posed is, should NCAA athletes be paid? This got me thinking, if student athletes were to be paid how much would they be worth? Since we are in the middle of the annual NCAA basketball tournament I chose to work with basketball data in an attempt to answer this question. My first order of business was to find a statistic that expresses a players overall contributions, A tell all stat that pools everything a player does…

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