Big Data News

Sports Analytics Minor is ‘Moneyball’ for Sports Business

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When one thinks of analytics in sports, what usually comes to mind is the “Moneyball” method of player evaluation in which stats and data are crunched to determine personnel decisions. In George Mason University’s new sports analytics minor, students are taught to use big data to enhance an organization’s business directives.

The minor is a collaborative effort by the Center for Sport Management (part of the Division of Sports Recreation and Tourism in the College of Education and Human Development), the School of Business and the Volgenau School of Engineering, which offers the required statistics class.

“The industry is looking for people with a data analytics base,” said Craig Esherick, associate director of George Mason’s Center for Sport Management. “It used to be they were looking only in the area of how you value athletes. That has morphed into looking for data analysis in relation to how to sell more tickets, more suites, how to engage with fans, which has created jobs for people with that talent.” Read more about sports analytics


Big Data Provides Solutions for Airline Savings and Passenger Satisfaction

Sanja Avramovic, a PhD candidate from the Volgenau School of Engineering and Associate Professor Lance Sherry are working on research aimed at developing a methodology for pre-emptive rebooking of cancelled airline flights. "I had no previous experience in aviation," said Avramovic, "but as soon as I started working on the flight simulator with Dr. Sherry, I was fascinated," said Avramov,  who chose Mason for its proximity to Washington and the quality of programs. Read more about how Big Data can help in flight planning


Big Data Symposium to Give Students Know-How in Field

George Mason University is teaming with IBM to give students some "big data" know-how — offering everything from answers to research questions to information on what new jobs are available in this expanding field. "The idea of big data is not just for computer scientists or statisticians," says Mason electrical and computer engineering professor Bob Osgood, director of the master's degree programs in computer forensics and data analytics engineering. "Students from agriculture to urban planning can find answers to research questions by diving into big data. Students can pull data streams from satellites about crop rotation or they can research details about urban population shifts." Read more about Mason students' work with IBM