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The Ringer - February 26, 2018

Take That for Data: Takeaways From the Sloan Conference

By: Kevin O'Connor

The coolest research paper at Sloan this year is titled “Bhostgusters: Realtime Interactive Play Sketching With Synthesized NBA Defenses.” In the paper, a five-person team from the Technical University of Munich [and STATS, Disney Research Pittsburgh and Argo AI] aims to approach “play sketching from a data-driven perspective.” In layman’s terms, you can draw up a play on a touch screen using their system, then simulate how a defense might respond to it. Seriously. We’re basically living in an NBA 2K sim.

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