Glossary

SciSports fundamentals: Machine Learning

09/02/17 | SciSports

At SciSports, our team of computer, football and engineering geniuses work hard on creating the best possible reports, models and algorithms that we use for the services we provide. An important part of this work is a concept called ‘machine learning’. To get a better grasp on what machine learning is, we asked our Artificial Intelligence Expert Jan van Haaren to explain to us the theory and processes behind it.

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Data Analysis Glossary

Goal Importance

16/11/16 | SciSports

Goal Importance is a statistic used to illustrate the significance of a goal. A player who scores the 5-0 in the 85th minute still adds a ‘+1’ to his goal scoring tally, but his goal did little to ensure victory for his team. With a 4-0 lead and nearing the end of the match, his team would have almost certainly won even without his goal. Therefore, his goal importance is a lot smaller than a player who scores the 1-0 in the 85th minute, which will often result in a victory.

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Glossary

Non-penalty goals

19/05/16 | SciSports

A striker is often judged on the amount of goals he scored. Perhaps more than any other position in the field, the centre forward is the player whose objective is to get the ball in the net....

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Glossary

The Half-Spaces

11/04/16 | SciSports

Through the decades, several football strategies, tactical shapes and formations have become the golden standard, only to completely disappear from the scene years later or be surpassed by n...

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Glossary

Player roles

11/03/16 | SciSports

Often when footballers are described in the media, writers use characteristics such as their nationality and position on the field to illustrate what player we're dealing with. For example,...

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Glossary

Expected Goals

18/01/16 | SciSports

Expected Goals (ExG) has recently become one of the most recurring concepts in football data analysis. In short, Expected Goals is the amount of goals a player or team is expected to score,...

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Glossary

Total Shots Ratio

18/01/16 | SciSports

The Total Shots Ratio (TSR for short) is used to determine how well teams fare in a match when it comes to taking and conceding shots. The TSR is determined by the following formula:
 
TSR = (...

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Glossary

Clearance

18/01/16 | SciSports

A clearance is defined as a defending move by a player where the pressure on a team’s defensive area is relieved by temporarily removing the opponent’s attacking threat. This is done for exa...

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Glossary

Interception

18/01/16 | SciSports

An interception is defined as a defending move where an opposition attack is broken down by cutting out a pass from an opponent to a teammate. This is customarily done by moving in the path...

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Glossary

Key pass

18/01/16 | SciSports

A key pass is defined as a successfully given pass by a player to a teammate, who is then able to take a shot at goal. It is important to note that these shots do not result in a goal (the k...

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