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Big data scores at World Cup prediction

When it comes to professional sports, there's more number crunching than meets the eye. Statistics are the most prominent way that fans and journalists alike keep track of their favorite players' standing in the season and the record books, and big data has been playing an increasingly large role in helping fans keep up with the game. This time around, the technology is being used even to inform the outcome of games as coaches and players on major teams have been examining trends analyzed in past years and games to formulate a more effective approach to crushing the enemy. Information Week writer Ron Kasabian reported on the analytics advantage that teams achieve through a high-tech strategy.

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"Effective data analysis can be used to improve a team's attacking prowess or nullify threats from opposing teams," Kasabian wrote. "Teams can crunch the data to discover that more goals are scored from in-swinging corners and adapt their play accordingly."

This is just one example of how a big data report can change the way a soccer team takes the field. The tactics get even more specific from there - coaches can use the cloud infrastructure to study how players deal with extremely specific social situations using ball-tracking technology and goal-line video analytics. Once a player or team's habits are identified by breaking these specifics down, leaders can then study the tendencies of the opposing team and formulate ways to work around the weaker plays of the enemy using their stronger plays. 

To assist video data, a number of international soccer clubs have moved toward giving their payers wearable technology to provide more information on important factors like speed, heart rate, stride and ball possession to keep into consideration when choosing which players should be making which plays. As of yet, there is no proof that these strategies give a team any significant advantage in a game, but has further improved gameplans using more than the traditional main factor for analysis and historical tendencies.

Most fans have based their World Cup predictions based on prior knowledge of the games before big data emerged into to the statistics field, but a newfound ability to collect and analyze information has changed the way fans bet against each other. According to an article from CCTV, famous theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking used data analytics collected from weather trends in Brazil versus the general climate of an opposing team to calculate their chances for success. He correctly predicted that England's chances of winning in Brazil lowered by 60 percent every time the temperature increased by 5 degrees Celsius, a statistic that has proven to be correct.

World Cup big data prompts one to ask whether analytics technology will change the way we play sports and develop strategy. Cloud hosting truly is changing the landscape of everything from our inter-personal communications to now having a role in deciding the top in physical prowess, leading fans believe that it will be the most valuable player for years to come.

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