Collecting my notes on sports analytics and other assorted topics

NBA win predictions 2018-2019

Adapting my NBA season model for 2018-19

A lot of these teams are really dragged down by having a few weak players, especially if they're expected to play significant minutes.

Update on the Hockey Hall of Fame model and predictions

The Hockey Hall of Fame in 2018, 2019, and beyond

Next year could go in many directions, since there are no sure-fire NHL candidates. There's no Martin Brodeur or Teemu Selanne. The most accomplished player might not be an NHLer, since it looks like Hayley Wickenheiser is eligible. This gives the committee a lot of room to reconsider players it overlooked in the past.

NBA win predictions 2017-2018

Adapting my NBA season model for 2017-18

Some of these teams will be much better than expected, and some will be much worse, but right now we don't know which.

Aiming for generalization with Hockey Hall of Fame models

On complexity and overfit in hockey models

We can fit the data perfectly, but we shouldn’t. This is what’s known as the bias-variance trade-off. The more precise we try to be in fitting the data at hand, the more likely we memorize effects that are due to random variation in the training data that do not generalize to other datasets.

5 players who should be in the NHL's 100 greatest

5 additions and subtractions to NHL's 100 greatest list

I love lists, and I love arguing, so here are five players who should be on the top 100, and who they could take off.

Predicting the Hockey Hall of Fame

Who got in, who shouldn't have, who will, and why

All this talk about the NHL's Greatest 100 got me thinking about what goes into hockey greatness. I always lamented how there wasn't a Hockey Hall of Fame model like basketball-reference's model. So I thought I would go about predicting both things.

Talking goalies in Vancouver

Summary of my VanHAC talk

There are two primary challenges we face when judging goalies: The number of goals, especially as we try to account for confounding factors, is relatively small, and we have trouble isolating goalie performance from team effects

A hand on the thermostat

Interpretations of inflation evidence

If we wanted to test the impact of unemployment and expectations on inflation, we could study data from a regime where inflation is not a goal of policymakers.

Fetch all the data

Gathering hockey data with cacheblob

Some data rarely changes, such as old boxscores, while some data changes every day, such as game results, and other data may change every time I view it, such as gamelogs for a game in progress. I want to cache my data, but with a concept of staleness and control over data expiry.

NBA win predictions 2016-2017

Building new player and game-level models to project wins for every team

Where will the Warriors land? Will the Heat flame out? Are the Lakers back?!?