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World Cup: Assist Goes To Big Data
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Shane M. O'Neill
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Shane M. O'Neill,
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6/24/2014 | 7:16:15 PM
How do you win?
Experience and hard work are the paths to winning in any sport, but what do you do when everybody is extremely talented, well-coached, the best of the best? You take performance-enhancing drugs. No, I'm kidding. You throw money at the problem and buy the best players. Kidding again (though that's worth doing if you have the cash). You ANALYZE THE DATA to find insights hidden to the naked eye and use them to your advantage.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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6/26/2014 | 5:58:11 PM
Re: How do you win?
@Shane- Well, there's another thing you can do. You can do what the US did today and let someone else win for you so you can advance. :)
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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6/26/2014 | 6:00:12 PM
Re: A Great New Use
@Gary_El- I wonder whether big data will let us pass what we previously thought was the limit of human ability. I mean, i like at Usain Bolt. I don't see how even data can improve on that. What does he not do that data can find?
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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6/26/2014 | 7:09:02 PM
Re: A Great New Use
@Gary_El- Ahh...now that Ic an see. I think data analysis can definitely "lift up the bottom." The part I'm struggling with more, I guess, is the idea of record breaking. But I supposed with no analysis, the fastest runner is only the one who stumbles on the right technique. Like the Fosbury flop in high jumping. 

But with analysis someone who is naturally stronger or fitter but with bad technique can get better. 
David Wagner
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6/30/2014 | 3:02:40 PM
Re: A Great New Use
@glenbren- I think it ends at a championship and that is fun. :)

No, I assume what you are saying is that it takes the people element out of the game in the form of a computer printout. I can see the complaint. But I think humans like to use tools to make their lives better. And this is a good tool. Ultimately, it is still people who kick the ball and make it happen. 
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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6/30/2014 | 3:37:53 PM
Re: A Great New Use
@glenbren- Maybe the body doesn't have limits. I know I enjoyed watching Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, and Barry Bonds belt out homers. I knew they were on stuff then and it didn't take away the fun. It didn't take it away when it was mostly proven.

I prefer us approaching out limits through non-chemical means. But maybe I'm in the minority, but I just enjoy watching people do the impossible however it happens.


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