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.
Three mind stretching analytic articles from the past week that everyone with an interest in analytics should read:
1) Phil Birnbaum (who I had the pleasure of sitting ona panel
with at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference) argues that analytics is best used toeliminate stupidity
2) While I'm not necessarily a fan of the study or agree with the outcomes, at least Dave Berri is trying to ask interesting questions aboutmeasuring the impact of coaching
. I think this is a very difficult topic and one that is not at all settled.
Below are three articles that I saw this week that caused me to think. I don't necessarily agree with everything in them, but each provides an important perspective on the use of analytics.