Podcast Episode #10: Oliver Page

These are the show notes for Episode #10 of the Soccermetrics Podcast, with guest Oliver Page. This interview was recorded on 21 February 2014 from my Atlanta office.

OliverPageOliver Page is a sports trader with experience at a number of firms in the United Kingdom and interests in applying academic research and mathematical concepts to sports statistics and betting.  His work appears at a number of spots online, including Sports Trading Network, Inside Fantasy Premier League, and Statsbomb.  Oliver was one of the presenters at the recently held OptaPro Analytics Forum and I liked his presentation on shotmaking strategies and goal expectation in football.  He had a much more clever and very British title for his talk, which he will further elaborate upon during the podcast.

In this episode Oliver and I discussed the following:

  • His motivation for the project, and the meaning of the catch phrase
  • The theoretical model of shot-taking that he used
  • The main results from his analysis and how they compare to findings of other researchers
  • Development of a game theory model as we attempt to analyze the influence of the defending team
  • Changes in the sports trading/betting industry and the parallels to the hedge funds
  • The challenges of communicating probabilistic information to the football enterprise, and the risks of falling into deterministic analysis

Web links to relevant resources referenced during our conversation:

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