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Great Lakes Analytics in Sports Conference

Uwe Neuhaus, Michael Schulz

Nordakadamie Hochschule der Wirtschaft

Live Measurement of Player Performance During Soccer Matches -- 

A Text Mining Approach

During a professional soccer match, a large number of key figures (e.g., shots on goals, fouls) is collected to assess the performance of individual players. However, depending on the player’s position, these figures are not always informative. Expert evaluations are better suited for individual assessment, but are often merely rough summaries and only available after the end of the match. For this reason, we introduce a method to analyze professional live soccer commentary using text mining techniques. The analysis result is a key figure that can be computed in near real time during the match to provide information about the performance of players and, in aggregated form, the team. We evaluate the suitability of our indicator with data from the Confederation Cup 2017.

Michael Schulz is Professor of Information Systems at the university of applied sciences NORDAKADEMIE, Hochschule der Wirtschaft, in Elmshorn, Germany. He earned his doctoral degree in business administration from Philipps University of Marburg. His area of expertise is databases and analytical information systems. His research interests include data mining, data modeling and self-service business intelligence. He has extensive experience in consulting large organizations in data warehousing and business intelligence.

Uwe Neuhaus is lecturer of computer science and research associate at the university of applied sciences NORDAKADEMIE, Hochschule der Wirtschaft, in Elmshorn, Germany. He studied computer science at the Technical University of Braunschweig. His area of work comprises the design and analysis of algorithms, data science, and software development. His research interests include the application of machine learning algorithms and text analytics. 


Listen to a podcast interview with Uwe, Michael and GLASC director Scott Tappa

Watch a video of Uwe and Michael's 2018 GLASC presentation

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