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Ranking Soccer Players By Following the Bouncing Ball

June 17th, 2010 06:22 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

sciencehabit excerpts from an interesting report on interesting place of statistics for soccer, in the stats-obsessed world of sports: “Only a handful of soccer ranking systems exist, most of which rely on limited information: the number of goals scored in a match, the number of goals assisted, and some indices of a match’s difficulty and importance. … So researchers turned to an unlikely source: social networks. Applying the kinds of mathematical techniques used to map Facebook friends and other networks, the team created software that can trace the ball’s flow from player to player. As the program follows the ball, it assigns points for precise passing and for passes that ultimately lead to a shot at the goal. Whether the shot succeeds doesn’t matter. Only the ball’s flow toward the goal and each player’s role in getting it there factors into the program’s point system, which then calculates a skill index for each team and player.”

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