September 10, 2010

Fantasy Football analytics

I think a fantasy football draft is a "prediction/planning experience" most people can relate to and understand. This is a wonderful article for sharing with colleagues who may not have a solid understanding of predictive analytics. This article does a great job discussing a combination of different data sources (quantitative - performance stats, and qualitative - text like injury reports) and how these tools can effectively outperform "hunches" or "rules of thumb". With three "titles" in the last 5 years, its hard to argue with her results too.

Fantasy Football Guru Ignores Her Instincts, Trusts Analytics
IBM's Hetal Thaker bucks a couple of common stereotypes regarding football viewership and fantasy football leagues -- and uses predictive analytics to draft her way to success. Here's her advice on analyzing data on running backs and running your business.

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