Expedition #1 - Sports Analytics Cohort

Words from Theo Y. - Sports Analytics Cohort

This Tuesday, October 16, we had our first Grade 10 experiential day, and I was fortunately placed in the cohort that I had decided on as my first choice, Sports Analytics. The first day, for us, was meant to familiarize us with the many different sport stat quota’s in the modern day, as well as their purposes. To do this, we each were assigned/had the opportunity to choose and research stats that interested us which correlated with a variety of sports. Two stats that I personally found interesting were RPI, a stat used to determine a team’s seeding in a major tournament based on their victories and the strengths of their opponents, and PER, a rating of a player’s per-minute productivity. We then decided it was time for lunch, but after, we were able to view and analyze talks from a sports analytics conference, located at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Upon viewing one or two of those clips, we chose partners and formed groups of 2 or 3 to decipher a chosen different clip by ourselves. My group chose to look into the analytics of ESports, specifically a game called “League of Legends,” and were able to discover and present an abundance of information regarding, but not limited to, team strength, win percentages, team chemistry, and kill to death ratios. All in all, it was a great introduction to the cohort, and I am looking forward to seeing what the remainder of year has in store.