I often speak with students wondering what courses to take
so they have the skills to get into sports analytics. Below are a set of useful
courses – by no means exhaustive – courses that provide relevant skills for the
field. These courses are from Coursera, and many schools have similar classes
- Introduction to Databases- This course covers database design and the use
of database management systems for applications. It includes extensive coverage
of the relational model, relational algebra, and SQL.
My guess is that most adults do not really believe in super
heroes. They do not believe that there are people that are born with super
human powers that allow them to perform acts that are not thinkable for “normal”
humans. Yet this is exactly how we tend
to view athletes. Somehow, when we see Michael Jordan fly through the air and
dunk, or Adrian Peterson bully his way through the line of scrimmage and then outrun
defensive backs, or Usain Bolt appears to be literally faster than a speeding
bullet, we attribute these feats to something called “natural ability”.