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Shooting stars of the MLS

The easiest and (probably) best way to cluster with respect to a binary variable (goals vs. shots) is to use the algorithm known as classification by decision tree induction (DT) Continue reading

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Can we judge performance accurately without knowing The plan?

Football performance is judged by analysing video and data from a match, or from many matches.  But do video and data provide all the information we need to judge performance accurately?  I don’t think so.  A vital piece of information … Continue reading

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Analytic insights and dubious corners stats

Does Manchester City’s much publicised analytic insight on corners stands up to scrutiny? There are reasons to doubt it! Corners are one of the key moments in a match that grab fans’ attention.  There is always high expectation that a … Continue reading

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Best and worst defensive performance – 2013 EPL

Introduction The idea for this analysis came from reading Paul Power February post, where he sets out to analyse Defensive Efficiency (Deff). To measure it he lists seven variables, and reasons for his choice. These are: 1. Goals Conceded (GC) … Continue reading

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Points table vs. Performance table – take your pick

Continuing my analysis of the MCFC Analytics project data for the 2012 EPL season, in this post I try to give an answer to a much debated argument among fans, namely:  does the number of points gained by a team … Continue reading

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Possession and goals | Bolton – Man City (2-3) EPL 2011-12

Continuing my analysis of the Bolton-Man City match, this time I look at possession, currently a hot topic among football analysts.  My objective is to analyse this metric during a number of fixed time (min.) intervals of the match, and … Continue reading

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Success and completed passes in the final 3rd and beyond

Bolton-Manchester City (2-3) – EPL Season 2011-2012 Continuing my graphic analysis of the Bolton-Man City match (#MCFC data), in this blog I am going to look at completed passes (CP) in the final third.  Passes in this area of the … Continue reading

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