Weekly NFL Pick ‘Em: Week 11

MIT : November 22, 2015 11:38 am : Blog

We’re back with the SSAC team weekly picks! This is just for fun and represents the student team’s thoughts on the week’s matchups.   

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Big Data Driving the Marathon Movement

MIT : November 12, 2015 6:03 pm : Blog

One of our esteemed SSAC colleagues recently completed her first marathon! And she wasn’t alone – over 50,000 runners lined up for the NYC Marathon on Sunday, November 1st, and 99% of them finished the race.  In the US, marathon running is at an all-time high. In 1976, only 25,000 runners tackled the 26.2-mile challenge, but that number has climbed to over 550,000 in 2014.

So what is driving this marathon movement? (Hint: it’s the title of this post!)

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Weekly NFL Pick ‘Em: Week 9

MIT : November 8, 2015 10:39 am : Blog

Introducing the SSAC weekly NFL pick ‘em! This is just for fun and represents the student team’s thoughts on the week’s matchups. Week 8 was plagued with injuries and several teams are without key players this week. The Steelers are without star running back Le’Veon Bell, the Bears are on the road without Matt Forte and Eddie Royal, and the Giants are without TE Larry Donnell, to name a few. Also, T.Y. Hilton remains a game-time decision for the Colts. We’ve certainly got some interesting games ahead. Read more to see who we’ve got winning this week.

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What We’re Reading: November 6

MIT : November 6, 2015 8:20 am : Blog

Exciting (or contentious) time in college football with the committee issuing its first CFP rankings this week. While some of the rankings come as no surprise, others leave us wondering – what was the committee thinking? Nate Silver, an SSAC favorite, walks through FiveThirtyEight’s playoff prediction model. Is your alma mater in the mix for a playoff spot? Check out the logic driving the model and let’s see how it stands up to the committee’s picks!

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Then & Now: Baseball Since the First Royals’ Championship

MIT : November 4, 2015 12:10 pm : Blog, News

Sadly, baseball has ended for the year, but the Kansas City Royals have reclaimed the throne as World Series Champions for the first time in 30 years! Here at Sloan, we eat, sleep, and breathe sports, so rather than say goodbye to this baseball season, we’ve decided to take a trip down memory lane and look at how the game has changed from when the KC Royals last won the World Series.

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What We’re Reading: November 2

MIT : November 2, 2015 2:56 pm : Blog

Our weekly installment of ‘What We’re Reading’ is back! With the NBA season tip-off and the World Series underway, some of our favorite articles from the past week discuss NBA player efficiency, technology for ball/strike calls in the MLB, and fan viewing experience across sports.

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Beyond the Panels: Making SSAC15 a Complete Analytics Experience

MIT : February 22, 2015 7:27 pm : Blog

If you only know us for our panels, there’s a whole lot you’d be missing. From groundbreaking research papers to demonstrations of brand new sports technology, there’s a whole life outside the panel rooms at SSAC15.

So consider this a little advance tour of all there is to see at the Conference including everything you can start reading ahead of time. more »

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Sponsored Post: Booz Allen Hamilton’s Ray Hensberger on the firm’s newest data science playing field

MIT : February 21, 2015 9:40 am : 2015, Blog

Last year, technology and management consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton broke into the sports world as the brains behind the MLB’s first Replay Operations Center, bringing a century of lessons learned in the highest levels of business and government to the ballpark.

We’re joined by Ray Hensberger, leader of the firm’s sports analytics practice, to discuss how Booz Allen Hamilton became interested in the industry, its work thus far in the space as well as his vision for the future.

Booz Allen is a sponsor of the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, which will take place February 27-28 in Boston, and Hensberger’s team will be onsite in the Data Science and Visualization Zone.

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Q&A: Travis Sawchik on ‘Big Data Baseball’ and the rise of the Pirates through analytics

MIT : February 19, 2015 1:44 pm : 2015, Blog

When the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates broke not only a 20-year streak without making the playoffs but also a 20-year streak of losing records, it wasn’t just a one-year fluke. Pittsburgh would be back in the postseason a year later, and as teams report to spring training this week, the Pirates are once again aiming for a berth from the increasingly competitive National League Central. more »

What We’re Reading: February 6

MIT : February 6, 2015 11:24 am : 2015, Blog

We can’t get over the last play either.

Five days after the Patriots won the Super Bowl, the debate continues over the Seahawks’ last offensive play call, which saw a Russell Wilson pass intercepted by Patriots defensive back Malcolm Butler: Worst call of all time or good decision, bad results? more »

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