Statistics in Sport Section

Background

The Statistics in Sport Section was established to cater for anyone with an interest in the application of statistical methods and tools to sport. The growing prevalence of data collection and availability throughout the modern world is equally in evidence within sport.

Within the sports industry there are many constituents with an increasing interest with statistics. Professional sport is becoming more engaged with statistics and is increasingly using statisticians and data scientists to help make decisions on such things as playing strategy and recruitment of players. Wider businesses such as sports media and broadcasting have a substantial interest in utilising robust statistical tools and methodology to drive fan engagement and customer satisfaction. For other related businesses, such as sports betting, statistical modelling and data science continues to be integral to successful operation.

Remit

The aims and objectives of the Section are:

  • Foster research in statistics and data science in sports, defined as modelling and analysis inspired by, or applied to, a problem in sport
  • Bring together a community of researchers interested in statistics or data science in sport. The community will be open to academics, early career researchers, industry professionals and those with an interest in quantitative analysis in sports
  • Support the communication of statistical research into the wider community, and help non-statisticians understand why and how statistics is a valuable tool.

Officers

Chair: Rob Mastrodomenico
Vice-chair: William Knottenbelt
Secretary: Gordon Hunter

Committee members

Catherine Barnaby
Chris Bennell
Maurice Berk
Beverley Hale
Ioannis Kosmidis
Alun Owen
Olaniyi Olayiwola
Pete Philipson
Phil Scarf
Gavin Whitaker
Freddie Wilson
James Tucker (Council representative)

Future meetings

View of events calendar for upcoming meetings: www.statslife.org.uk/statistics-in-sport-section

News and meeting reports

Read news about the section and reports from our meetings.

Additional information

Twitter: @RoyalStatSports
Mailing list: Statistics in Sport