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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Analyzing Philadelphia's Bike Thefts

While mulling over project ideas and browsing Twitter earlier today I ran across http://opendataphilly.org/. Per their website OpenDataPhilly "is a portal that provides access to over 175 data sets, applications, and APIs related to the Philadelphia region. Simply accessing data, however, is not the ultimate goal of OpenDataPhilly. By connecting people with data, we’re hoping to encourage users to take the data and transform it into creative applications, projects, and visualizations that demonstrate the power that data can have in understanding and shaping our communities." This sounded intriguing enough, so I began sorting through the available data.…

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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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Predicting Artists

As of late I have become very interested in both machine learning and computer vision. While thinking of a project to work on both of these skills I thought it would be interesting to build a program that would be able to predict an artist based on a painting. I have become pretty comfortable using Sci-Kit Learn for machine learning, but wasnt sure the best route to go for the vision portion of this project. After some research I found OpenCV would be best for this type of work. Developed by Intel, OpenCV is a free, open source computer vision…

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