Mining football players' behavioral profile: identifying candidate proxy features from event data.

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Luis Meireles, Tiago Mendes-Neves, João Mendes-Moreira


This paper details how we modeled normative contextual pressure from event data. In our theoretical conceptualization of the problem, we introduced the reader to the Transactional Model of Stress and Coping (Lazarus & Folkman, 1984) and Brasen et al. (2019) modeling of stress. Building upon such contributions, we used several statistical learning approaches (supervised and unsupervised) to explore how normative contextual pressure affects soccer performance. We finished with a use-case in which we used a simple cluster technique (K-NN) to find natural groups of players with disparate performing profiles for low, medium, and high-pressure situations.