Lucius E. J. Bynum

Harvey Mudd College Mathematics 2017

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Thesis Proposal: Modeling Subset Behavior: Prescriptive Analytics for Professional Basketball Data
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Susan E Martonosi
Second Reader: Prof. Michael E. Orrison
E-Mail: lbynum@math.hmc.edu

Modeling Subset Behavior: Prescriptive Analytics for Professional Basketball Data

Sports analytics problems have become increasingly prominent in the past decade. Modern image processing capabilities allow coaching staff to easily capture detailed game-time statistics on their players, opponents, team configurations, and plays. The challenge is to turn that data into meaningful insights for team managers and coaches. This project uses descriptive and predictive techniques on publicly available NBA basketball data to identify powerful combinations of players and predict how they will perform against other teams.