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The inaugural post on Hilltop Analytics introduced my one-page player snapshots. Now let's put them to use in anger. There was a flurry of articles last month around the theme of, “Is Michael Carrick England's Pirlo?” Searching Google for [carrick “england's pirlo”] turns up 1130 hits, ...
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Solar System | Tableau Iron Viz Entry
So this year, I couldn't resist. Tableau set the challenge to build something - anything - with Wikipedia data and they've put prizes on the line. It's enough to tweak the competitive streak in any analyst... But what to build? I started out with Football L...
So this year, I couldn't resist. Tableau set the challenge to build something - anything - with Wikipedia data and they've put prizes on the line. It's enough to tweak the competitive streak in any analyst... But what to build? I started out with Football League data as it's familiar and I do a ...
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How to do football analysis in Tableau | Part 3
If you've been working through these posts, so far you've copied some football data from a website into Excel, cleaned it up and learned to build simple tables and charts with that data on a Tableau worksheet. In Part 3, we're going to create our first inte...
If you've been working through these posts, so far you've copied some football data from a website into Excel, cleaned it up and learned to build simple tables and charts with that data on a Tableau worksheet. In Part 3, we're going to create our first interactive dashboard.
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How to do football analysis in Tableau | Part 1
I'm back from a hugely enjoyable OptaPro Forum last week and buzzing with new ideas. It was a fantastic day with some great presentations and it was brilliant to finally put faces to a few analysts' names (and Twitter handles!) One question came up often en...
I'm back from a hugely enjoyable OptaPro Forum last week and buzzing with new ideas. It was a fantastic day with some great presentations and it was brilliant to finally put faces to a few analysts' names (and Twitter handles!) One question came up often enough at the forum to make me think that ...
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Premier League PDOs are starting to stabilise.

Chelsea and Southampton still at levels above the highest full season PDOs seen since the 2010/11 season. Aston Villa and Burnley are still below the lowest values seen over the same four year period.
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In praise of modesty
One of these people invented the World Wide Web. The other talks about it. One of these people is the best footballer in the world. He's not the one in the gold shoes. More of this please.
One of these people invented the World Wide Web. The other talks about it. One of these people is the best footballer in the world. He's not the one in the gold shoes. More of this please. Posted by Neil Charles at 09:07 · Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to FacebookShare to Pinterest ...
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My data analysis toolkit
Growing out of posts like " Losing touch... Or why Excel and VBA won't cut it any more " and " How to do football analysis in Tableau ", I've been asked a steady trickle of questions this year about what analytical software I use. One of the biggest discove...
For outside of work projects, I've got a couple of machines that aren't anything fancy. An older Core i5 laptop with 4GB ram and a Core i7 laptop with 16GB ram. A regular laptop like that, costing between £500 and £1000 is more than enough for chucking around datasets up to tens of millions of ...
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How to do football analysis in Tableau | Part 2
"Here's where the fun begins" Han Solo So you've read Part 1, you've downloaded and installed Tableau Public and you've got a small Liverpool and Everton dataset to play with. Or alternatively, you took the short cut, downloaded the dataset and came straigh...
So you've read Part 1, you've downloaded and installed Tableau Public and you've got a small Liverpool and Everton dataset to play with. Or alternatively, you took the short cut, downloaded the dataset and came straight here. Either way, it's time to hit Tableau.
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Football analyst network vis: New and improved!
My original visualisation of the football analysis community on Twitter generated a fair bit of interest, so it's time for a new and improved version. We had one recurring question the first time around: "Where am I on the graph?". It badly needed a search ...
My original visualisation of the football analysis community on Twitter generated a fair bit of interest, so it's time for a new and improved version. We had one recurring question the first time around: "Where am I on the graph?". It badly needed a search function and thanks to @balbezit, ...
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There's a storm coming to marketing
Rory Sutherland tweeted a fascinating link a few weeks ago. He does that a lot, but this one in particular has stuck with me. The link points to this article on Wikipedia, about Moravec's Paradox. Essentially, Moravec's Paradox explains that it's easier to ...
The link points to this article on Wikipedia, about Moravec's Paradox. Essentially, Moravec's Paradox explains that it's easier to program computers to do stuff that we think is complicated, than to do stuff that we think is easy. Teach a robot to play world class chess? Done.
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Visualising football analysts on Twitter
Building on my new-found love of network diagrams , I thought it would be fun to visualise a social graph of football analysts on Twitter. Who should you follow? These guys. They're fascinating. Click the image for a (much) bigger and zoomable version. Smal...
Visualising football analysts on Twitter. Building on my new-found love of network diagrams, I thought it would be fun to visualise a social graph of football analysts on Twitter. Who should you follow? These guys. They're fascinating. Click the image for a (much) bigger and zoomable version.
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