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An Alternatve to Radars for Visualisng Football Data.

Posted: 2017-07-17 19:30:00+01:00. | By: Martin Eastwood.

I've long been critical of the use of radar plots for visualizing football data and was recently challenged by a reader of this blog to come up with a better alternative so here we go...

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Opta Pro Forum 2017.

Posted: 2017-03-11 19:30:00+00:00. | By: Martin Eastwood.

I wrote up the poster presentation I gave at the 2017 Opta Pro Forum for the Opta Pro blog looking at using machine learning to quantify footballer's decisions....

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Opta Pro Forum 2016.

Posted: 2016-12-20 19:30:00+00:00. | By: Martin Eastwood.

With the 2017 Opta Pro Forum rapidly approaching, I thought it was about time I transcribed my presentation from the previous event....

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A Footballer Recommendation Engine.

Posted: 2016-06-30 19:30:00+01:00. | By: Martin Eastwood.

With the transfer window well under way I thought I'd discuss my footballer recommendation engine for identifying potential transfer targets....

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PlayerRatings And False Negatives.

Posted: 2015-04-23 19:30:00+01:00. | By: Martin Eastwood.

My last article looked at how well my PlayerRatings model predicted which young players would go on to have successful careers. This time we explore false negatives - which top players may have wrongly had low PlayerRatings in their youth...

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Backtesting PlayerRatings.

Posted: 2015-04-09 19:30:00+01:00. | By: Martin Eastwood.

Following my last article discussing my PlayerRating model for quantifying footballers, JackIO challenged me to test the model by looking at what young players it recommended...

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PlayerRatings And Team Quality.

Posted: 2015-03-09 19:30:00+00:00. | By: Martin Eastwood.

My previous article introduced PlayerRatings, a mathematical model I’ve been working on over the past few months to quantify the ability of individual footballers. One of the nice characteristics of this approach is that player ratings can be aggregated together to create team ratings...

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PlayerRating: A Bayesian Method For Evaluating Football Players.

Posted: 2015-02-26 19:30:00+00:00. | By: Martin Eastwood.

I originally submitted the idea behind this article to the recent Opta Pro Forum and although it was turned down I thought I’d write it up anyway incase anyone else was interested in the results...

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Comparing Players Using Cluster Analysis.

Posted: 2014-02-10 19:30:00+00:00. | By: Martin Eastwood.

As there were a couple of presentations at the recent Opta Pro Forum talking about identifying player similarities I thought I’d give a quick example of how to do something similar using k-means cluster analysis.

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