Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Soccer Stats

PostedJune 20, 2010

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Randy Atkins: Goals are rare in soccer, and so are statistics. The player who scores gets credit, but many others likely helped set it up.  So Luis Amaral, a Northwestern University engineer, created a computer program in which…

Luis Amaral: …we look at chains of passes that result in a shot on goal and we give points to every player that is part of a chain that results in a shot.

Randy Atkins: Amaral used that to rank players in a recent soccer tournament and found his results matched well with the expert-selected all-star team.

Luis Amaral: You could build the type of networks that we built for these soccer matches and try to evaluate the contributions of different team members to a given project.

Randy Atkins: So heads up, it could be coming to your office.  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, 103 point 5 F-M and WTOP-dot-com.