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Weekly Sports Analytics News Roundup – September 19th, 2017

Football: Football Perspective notes that Even Bruce Arians Can’t Keep Beating the Spread. Football Perspective on whether Should You Pass With 6 Seconds Left In The First Half At The 12-Yard Line. Football Outsiders with a guest column on Turf Type and NFL Injuries: Part I.

College Football: Football Study Hall writes Maybe FGs are okay? A look at when college football coaches should (and shouldn’t) go for it.

Baseball: FanGraphs says Here Is Your Fly-Ball Revolution. The Hardball Times on Using Recurrent Neural Networks to Predict Player Performance. Baseball Prospectus Feature: Tunnels and Sequencing: Applications on the Field by Kate Morrison and Jeff Long. Tom Tango’s SABR 201: What is Partial Plus/Minus? FanGraphs has an excellent piece on Reverse Engineering Swing Mechanics from Statcast Data.

Basketball: Nylon Calculus examines: How accurately can we predict NBA Playoff berths and similar scenarios? Justin Jacob’s Spatio-Temporal Nonparametric Distributional Analysis of NBA Defenses: Introduction and Teaser. Nylon Calculus looks at Over and under-performing expected win totals. NBA Math tries to solve an An NBA Riddle: Making Sense of DeMar DeRozan’s Divisive Status.

Soccer: American Soccer Analysis’ Playoff Probabilities 2017. StatsBomb on Inferior Tactical Strategies – The Bizarro World of Brentford.

Tennis: Heavy Topspin on Denis Shapovalov and Fast ATP Starts. Jeff Sackmann shares his free tennis datasets.

Hockey: Hockey Graphs’ Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: An analytical deep dive into the Vegas Expansion Draft.

Your moment of R: BaseballWithR  measures team streakiness.

Check out these Pythons: Justin Jacobs YouTube video on Extracting Locations on an NBA Court Using Python.

Conferences: September 23rd New England Symposium on Statistics in Sports in Cambridge, MA.

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