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Financial Times - October 31, 2018

How data analysis helps football clubs make better signings

By: John Burn-Murdoch

In the most cutting-edge development, data scientists have developed a technique called “ghosting”, where algorithms predict the most likely actions players will take in certain situations.

“You identify a specific scenario that tends to disrupt the opponent, giving you, say, a 30-second window where the opponent is disorganised,” says Paul Power, an AI scientist at STATS, an analytics company. “That’s the 30 seconds you then focus on in training.”

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