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From Pixels to Points: Using Tracking Data to Measure Performance in Professional Sports

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 11:00
Luke Bornn- Assistant Professor, Simon Fraser University, Dept. of Statistics
Seminar
Room 4192, Earth Sciences Building, 2207 Main Mall
From Pixels to Points: Using Tracking Data to Measure Performance in Professional Sports

Show Abstract

In this talk I will explore how players perform, both individually and as a team, on a basketball court. By blending advanced spatio-temporal models with geography-inspired mapping tools, we are able to understand player skill far better than either individual tool allows. Using optical tracking data consisting of hundreds of millions of observations, I will demonstrate these ideas by characterizing defensive skill and decision making in NBA players.