october, 2021

29oct11:00 am12:00 pmMOVE Series - Analytics and Wisdom of the Crowd in Sports11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Event Details

Michigan Online, powered by the Center for Academic Innovation, is excited to continue a virtual faculty speaker series for fall 2021, the Michigan Online Visionary Educators (MOVE) Series. Michigan Online connects learners around the world to University of Michigan’s leading educators and innovators. Learners are highly engaged, passionate and always looking for new opportunities. The MOVE Series features faculty partners to bring learners unique online events that bring timely relevant topics that both faculty and our global learners are passionate about.

The MOVE Series kicked off in February 2021 and will continue on a monthly cadence. See below for details and to REGISTER. We hope to see you there!


Title: MOVE Series – Analytics and Wisdom of the Crowd in Sports

Featured Faculty:

  • Stefan Szymanski, Stephen J Galetti Professor of Sport Management and Professor of Kinesiology, School of Kinesiology
  • Christopher Brooks, Assistant Professor of Information, School of Information

Abstract: In this session we will discuss some issues arising from the Sports Performance Analytics Specialization which we launched earlier this year. The Specialization equips users to construct their own analytic models from raw data using Python, and here we discuss some of the new trends in the arena of sports analytics, with a particular focus on the Wisdom of the Crowd. This is a concept with a long pedigree in statistics, but which has become increasingly relevant to sports as teams attempt to harness the opinions of fans as an aid to player recruitment. The power of the public opinion has been demonstrated somewhat already In the specialization, where we showed how valuations generated by fan forums on the website Transfermarkt can be used as a basis for predicting match outcomes. In this event we’re going to dive into this concept a bit more deeply, discussing how the wisdom of the crowd comes up in machine learning, the importance and opportunities of crowd-based signals, and the breadth of places where the Wisdom of the Crowd might be found relevant in the field. And of course – we’ll take your questions and thoughts on Sports Analytics!

Attendees can expect to learn about:
– The application of the Wisdom of the Crowd to sports
– Interpreting Transfermarkt soccer player valuations as the wisdom of the crowd
– How the wisdom of the crowd fits with machine learning methods

Attendees are encouraged to submit questions for the panelist(s) at the time of registration and we will do our best to answer them during the event.

The Center for Academic Innovation (CAI) is committed to ensuring that our meetings and events are accessible to all individuals. This event will be using Zoom. Please let us know how we can ensure that this event is inclusive to you. What accommodations or access needs can we help facilitate? Contact Trevor Parnell, Event and Marketing Specialist (tparn@umich.edu) with any questions or access needs.


(Friday) 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


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