I love two things in this world - numbers and sports. Currently I’m a senior data scientist in the sports industry here in Australia. Before that I was a senior data scientist for a top tier consulting firm. I have a PhD in aeroacoustic engineering and a bachelor’s in aerospace engineering and mathematics. Reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bar chart races have become very popular in recent times, to the point where they are viral. As such, I thought I would set out to create my own bar chart race and publish it on the internet.
I used mathematics to create an alternative 2018 fixture, one that is predicted to increase total annual attendance by ~300K, while still sticking within the fixturing rules. In the article discuss how I created the solution, the final results and the impact of certain fixturing rules. Amongst other things, the study demonstrates that optimal number of Friday night matches for Carlton is indeed 5, and that the AFL foregoes ~100k per year to ensure league parity.
I made a machine learning algorithm to predict AFL matches before they started. When I simulated my results on 2017 matches and used it for betting, I managed to get a net positive return on my investments.