An MLB team is apparently doing in-game graph analysis


According to a post in the Economist‘s Science and Technology blog , at least one Major League Baseball team has purchased a Cray Urika graph-processing appliance, apparently with goal of analyzing game data in real time to help the manager make decisions. This would be a pretty big step in the world of sports analytics, although not entirely surprising.

As Gigaom has covered a couple times over the past two months, as recently as last week, the world of sports in undergoing a transformation because of all the data now being captured about each game and each player. The now cliched Moneyball use case of analyzing players’ statistics to build better rosters has morphed into analyzing data about downs and distances in football to tracking, literally, every movement of every player throughout entire basketball games.

Until now, however, we haven’t heard a whole lot about that data actually…

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