Have you ever seen the movie Moneyball? It is about winning baseball games with a low budget and great data science (that is a gross oversimplification). Well, Numberfire tries to do that on way more sports than just baseball. Numberfire considers themselves a Sports Analytics company. I had never heard of Numberfire before, and just the other day I was wondering if there are companies trying to provide better data for people playing fantasy football. So, the timing of this video was excellent for me. Nik Bonaddio, the CEO of Numberfire, gives a quick overview of what Numberfire does and how it works. Hint, it involves lots of Markov Chains.
By the way, if you have not seen the movie Moneyball, I highly recommend it.
Jake Porway of DataKind gives another entertaining talk. This one is more of a Superhero story. Just watch the video, and it will make sense.
This video was different than I expected. I expected to hear how the National Football League (NFL) is using player statistics for better player acquisition and fantasy football. However, the talk was about the NFL business model. The business model of the NFL focuses on filling stadiums. Thus the NFL starting collecting data about why fans prefer to watch games at home and what do fans really want from an NFL game. The NFL now generates numerous reports to help each individual team maximize the in-stadium experience.
Here are some of my thoughts on the talk.
- The NFL maybe needs to invest in a data visualization expert
- The NFL maybe needs to rethink the business model
DataGotham, a New York City Data Science Conference, has posted all the videos of the conference online. Feel free to watch them all. In the coming days, I will also be posting some of my favorites.