The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference stages a research paper competition each year, and those papers usually contain results and ideas that are far more interesting than anything uttered on stage during the conference’s panels. Here are five trends that emerged in this year’s eight finalists:It’s all about big data sets: Camera-tracked data isn’t new to the pro sports scene; PITCHf/x data has been around for a decade. But only recently have we started to see it, along with other relatively large data sets, take over the research competition at Sloan. Four of the eight paper finalists used camera-tracked data, two more used sizable play-by-play databases, and another used a massive collection of geotagged in-game mobile-device requests from MLB stadiums. Simply put, research that doesn’t have to grapple with the demands of bigger data sets is becoming less common among Sloan paper finalists.The rise of machine learning: With the increased prominence of such large data sets, it was inevitable that state-of-the-art machine-learning techniques would begin to make their mark at Sloan. For instance, one of this year’s most interesting finalists used a “random forest” framework to predict the outcome of a tennis point after any shot based on the speed, trajectory and location of the ball, the context of the shot and priors for a player’s style derived from cluster analysis. (What this means to you is that if it works, the algorithm will be able to ferret out not only the most crucial points in a match, but also the most crucial shots.) Another paper used supervised learning to develop custom player-by-player strategies for pick-and-roll defense in the NBA — a clever way to translate statistical knowledge about a player into actionable tactics. In many ways, an amount of data so staggering can only be coherently processed using these kinds of advanced statistical techniques, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we see them used more in future research.A focus on classifying player types: As part of its model, that tennis paper developed what it called “style priors” for each player based on the types of shots he tends to play. Another paper, about complementary players in basketball, estimated the effect of an individual player’s skill set on the behavior of his teammates. The emphasis on underlying tendencies and similar player types to provide context and inform prediction isn’t unprecedented — PECOTA was doing a version of that 13 years ago — but it is now being used with far more granular data, to improve prediction in a wider variety of sports (particularly dynamic ones such as tennis and basketball).The Hot Hand, Part 1,000,000: Few topics have generated more research in psychology and statistics than the hot-hand fallacy. It has surfaced again with a Sloan paper finalist. The seminal work on the subject declared the hot hand nothing more than a trick of the mind, but there’s been a recent trend toward debunking the hot-hand debunkers. Here, that trend continues — using baseball data, the authors find that recent changes in player performance can be predictive and that opposing teams mostly react to them in an appropriate manner. But I’m guessing this won’t be the final word in the hot-hand wars.Fewer finalists from the “Big Four” and more from the business of sport: Compared to Sloan conferences past, this year’s crop of finalists featured easily the fewest papers focused on the North American “Big Four” sports of baseball, basketball, football and hockey. Football1010 NO. OF FINALIST PAPERS Hockey1010 Tennis0001 Business0012 Gambling0010 Using the Internet Archive, I tracked the breakdown of finalists by sport going back to 2013; that year, seven of the eight finalists researched a Big Four sport. This year, the number is down to four. Also of note is the emergence of finalists concerned with the business of running a sports franchise. Zero finalists focused on the subject in 2013 and 2014, but that changed last year with the inclusion of a paper about dynamic ticket pricing. Now we’re up to two finalists focused on topics like brand engagement and sponsorship revenue. Soccer1111 TOPIC2013201420152016 Baseball1312 Basketball4422
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, December 2, 2016 – With a foreword by Sir Sidney Poitier and praise from leading Bahamians, Sir Orville Turnquest’s new book What Manner of Man is This? The Duke of Windsor’s Years in The Bahamas, unsparingly examines the character of the man who abdicated the throne of England and was appointed Royal Governor of The Bahamas from 1940-1945, a post that he considered banishment rather than the honour it was.Author Sir Orville Turnquest served as the fifth Governor General of an independent Bahamas from 1995-2001, uniquely qualifying him to address this historical subject. He began writing the history of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor’s years in The Bahamas when he left the governor’s mansion, Mount Fitzwilliam. Fifteen years later, the book What Matter of Man is This? The Duke of Windsor’s Years in The Bahamas, will hit book stores December 5. The book sheds new light on the reign of the Royal Governor and on the lives of Bahamians during the tumultuous backdrop of World War II.Fifteen years after former Governor General Sir Orville Turnquest pledged to dedicate his literacy prowess and fascination with history to writing the story of the Duke of Windsor’s reign in The Bahamas, his much-anticipated work, What Manner of Man is This, The Duke of Windsor’s Years in The Bahamas, will hit local bookstores on December 5. The book, now available in hardcover and paperback, will also be sold through online retailers shortly after publication in paperback and e-Book editions.An official launch will be held at Government House with a small group of family, friends from The Bahamas Historical Society, Historic Bahamas Foundation and media. Sir Orville, who served as Governor General from 1995-2001, will present the first copy of the book to the current Governor General Lady Marguerite Pindling with a brief ceremony celebrating the book’s worldwide publication.Although many books have been written about the royal couple, Sir Orville’s incisive book is the only one that focus exclusively on the Duke’s administration while Royal Governor of The Bahamas from 1940-1945 after he abdicated the throne as King of England in order to marry the twice-divorced Mrs. Wallis Simpson.While the world reveled in what was portrayed as both one of the greatest love stories of all time and the scandal of the century, the reality for The Bahamas was that the Duke and Duchess of Windsor viewed his assignment as Royal Governor as severe punishment, banishment to a far-flung island country without any of the trappings of a royal life. Though they gave of themselves personally in times of crisis, they never truly warmed to the people of the island nation, nor did they reciprocate the warmth with which Bahamians showered them.As World War II raged, disrupting lives globally including in The Bahamas, the Duke of Windsor was both symbolic of the superiority of royalty and symptomatic of the times. Turmoil surrounded his tenure in this island nation – the Burma Road Riots, the Bay Street Fire, The Project, The Contract and the still-unsolved murder of Sir Harry Oakes, the richest man in the world at the time.The Duke’s friendship with a German industrialist who had taken refuge in The Bahamas during the war further aroused suspicion and, moreover, he never denied his affiliation and friendship with those who British allies would have considered their most bitter enemies. He also never entertained a black Bahamian at Mount Fitzwilliam (Government House), though black Bahamians were so excited to see the ‘romantic couple’ that they insisted on a ceremony at Clifford Park to welcome them to The Bahamas when only a private ceremony had been planned.Diane Gedymin, publisher of Grant’s Town Press, states that, “This incisive book reveals the Duke and Duchess as racially biased, unwilling to disturb the status quo, and who fell far short of making a positive impact during his tenure.” In the foreword, Sir Sidney Poitier calls the book “an unvarnished fresh look” at a crucial period in Bahamian history. He points out that the Duke and Duchess of Windsor’s time in The Bahamas was not unlike apartheid, and notes that although the term was never used, the foundation was there – economic and political rule by a white oligarchy.Former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham called the work “insightful, informative.” Turnquest, he said, “has produced an easy, readable history of the period, well-informed by his own personal experience as a young black, who overcame the absence of the opportunities gifted to the Duke of Windsor to become the Duke’s successor in the office of governor general of an independent Bahamas.” Other praise came from Tribune publisher Eileen Carron, two former Governors General Sir Arthur Foulkes and Dame Ivy Dumont and from Lyford Cay resident Harry Oakes.The book will be available at all major book stores in New Providence, Grand Bahama, Harbour Island and Abaco as well as the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas and The Linen Shop on Bay Street, Nassau. The hardcover edition will be available at $35 and paperback for $25.20 and the eBook on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, iBooks and other eBook retailers worldwide. Publisher is Grant’s Town Press (www.grantstownpress.com). Related Items:
Shahid KapoorInstagramEver since the release of the blockbuster hit Kabir Singh, Shahid Kapoor has been flying high and why not! The film, though received a lot of criticism, made a whopping Rs 270.43 crore at the box office in just a month. Shahid Kapoor’s performance is expected to sweep away many awards this year.Shahid Kapoor has reportedly hiked his fee to Rs 35-40 crores post the magnanimous success of Kabir Singh. However, Shahid has outrightly rejected the claims. Talking to an entertainment portal, Shahid said, “I have to sign a film to receive any money. I think the only people who are making money are Bhushan Kumar and Murad Khetani. I have exactly the same bank balance I had before Kabir Singh, I have to sign another project before I get paid.”In an interview with HT, talking about the backlash the film received for being misogynistic, Shahid said, “You can’t take a simplistic view of a very complex character like Kabir. There are many layers to him. Some layers are deplorable and terrible. And some layers are actually beautiful.””The layer of unconditional love, of love in which you are ready to destroy yourself was actually a very beautiful layer. The layer of violence and I never saw this as misogyny- because Kabir Singh’s violent streak was not towards any particular sex. His aggression was inherent in his personality, it was not gender-related. So I frankly felt that the criticism was a bit misplaced. There have been films in the recent past which had characters exhibiting similar traits but no one really picked on them this way,” added Shahid.Well, we might agree with what the character of Kabir Singh does in the movie but Shahid’s performance has made us believe that he truly deserves a much bigger amount.
BALURGHAT: In a significant move, law enforcers and district administration jointly have imposed restrictions on vehicles in Balurghat town for hassle-free traffic movement duringDurga Puja.It has been decided that no vehicle including motorbikes will be allowed in the town for 12 hours between 4 pm and 4 am starting from October 15 to 19.A high-level meeting was conducted at the conference hall of the district administrative building on Tuesday evening. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe meeting was presided over by district magistrate Deepap Priya P.District police chief Prasun Banerjee, additional district magistrate (general) Krittibas Nayak, additional police chief Debasis Nandi, sub-divisional magistrate Isha Mukherjee, district information and cultural officer Shantanu Chakraborty, Balurghat municipality chairman Rajen Shill and Gangarampur municipality chairman Prasanta Mitra were also present.”It is our target to ensure glitch-free Durga Puja. There will be complete restrictions on vehicles and motorbikes between October 15 and 19 from 4 pm to 4 am. TOTO, however, will run in the town to carry passengers as per rules and regulations provided by the local civic body. Besides, a fare-chart will be provided by the municipality shortly to the TOTO pullers to remove any confusion,” the DM said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedA joint control-room will be operated by both police and civic body officials.Each puja organiser will get five free entry passes for free movement during restrictions. However, none of them will be allowed to enter in and around 100 meter of the puja pandal.The city people will be provided with two mobile numbers along with Whatsapp facility for any complaint.Notably, the same restrictions had also been imposed on vehicles last year.
The colours, shapes, and emotion have emerged from the very soul of the Capital city, and together they will converge at Open Palm Court gallery, Lodhi Road this autumn.As a part of a group exhibition, titled ‘Panorama-12’ – over 20 artists will bring to the viewers a varying range of interpretation of ranging contemporary issues of social relevance from September 1 till September 6.Curated by Priyanka Banerjee, Panoroma-12, literally meaning an unbroken view of a subject, celebrates the talent of the fresh and the new, and makes a compelling case for contemporary art in the city. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe exhibition delves into the contemporary issue of social relevance, such as feminism, ethical treatment of animals, spiritual harmony, global warming and so on. Nature, for instance, is explored through a mutually symbiotic relationship of flora and fauna.Urbanization and industrialization have exploited the natural layers of our ecosystem, and its awareness becomes paramount to awaken our collective consciousness. As each artist touches upon subject such as there that have paralysed the society, their canvas becomes a window for us all to explore the possibilities. This is one of its kind, the event is funded by the artists entirely on their own, therefore there is no question of dependence on sponsors. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveDabbling in a diverse range of mediums – from watercolour, oil and pen and pencils to mixed media, theartists bring to their canvas emotions that reverberate with social significance.Mridul Chakraborty depicts the joyof festivity through his portrayal of human figures, whereas, Nilay Sarkar reverberates the same mood and shows happiness through vibrant andsoft colours used on his canvas. Then there is, Tapan Das, who harps on his love for nature through his abstract art along with other artists like Meghna, who emphasises on the adverse effects of global warming through her vivacious paintings or the works of Shalini Varshney’s – whose paintings portray spiritual harmony which is lost in our lives. Besides, Biswarajan Bhunia’s paintings resonate the same feelings of Shalini’s. Artists like Rama Sharma and Pooja Gujral have tried to bring colours and happiness into our stressful lives through their vibrant artworks. Another participating artist – Rajeev Semwal has tried to bring before us the songs of nature woven neatly through his traditional artworks.On the other hand, veteran artist Uma Bardhan deals with spirituality while the artworks of the veteran artist Archana Das are an impeccable blend of childlike innocence and adult wisdom.Pankaj Bharti’s paintings are thought-provoking and are beautifully executed with bright colours .Akshita Wason’s paintings done in mixed media portray the changes that are taking place in our environment.
3 min read May 15, 2009 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. By Zack SternOne of your biggest per-employee infrastructure costs comes from money tied up in software licenses. If you add new people, you could cough up thousands of dollars right then. And that money you paid stops working for you as soon as you lose employees, as those licenses sit unused.Depending on your software, you can address both issues by buying subscriptions, in bulk, choosing used licenses, or selling full licenses when no longer needed. Keep these options in mind, especially if you’re scaling temporary workers.Pay Monthly For SoftwareMany companies offer monthly subscriptions for software licenses. On the server side, for example, this model can save a big, single fee for per-user Exchange licenses. But a monthly plan for workstations can also help you save.Microsoft offers these options for much of its software, including Office and Windows itself. If your business has five or more workstations, you can use the Open Value option to save. You’ll choose between a subscription fee or a bulk-rate, up-front perpetual license, letting you choose to save in the short term or long term.Microsoft, like other companies I contacted for this article, didn’t quote specific cost numbers since they vary with company needs. You’ll have to get a quote for your business to get a direct sense of savings.You’ll also agree to a three-year commitment for Microsoft’s subscription plan. However, you can scale the number of licenses during that time.Contact your other software companies to see what kinds of licensing options they offer. Adobe, for example, doesn’t yet sell a subscription license. However, the company recently tested subscriptions in Australia and is currently evaluating its results.But like Microsoft and most other companies, Adobe still offers volume licensing discounts. Depending on your needs and volume, you could save between about 5 to 20 percent over buying individual copies of software. Contact Adobe for a specific quote for your business.Buy and Sell Unused LicensesIf you bought full licenses up-front but no longer need some, sell them. Your specific rights can vary. Adobe, for example, has no problem with you selling unused licenses, just as long as you don’t sell volume-discount licenses to individual customers. (You’d have to sell those to a volume customer.)Microsoft doesn’t allow customers to sell licenses. Consult your software vendors–or a legal professional–to determine your rights.Regardless of Microsoft’s dislike, some companies, including Discount Licensing, offer ways to facilitate these sales. Depending on the product and customer, they’ll either act as a matchmaker, brokering a deal between two parties, or buy your licenses outright.And these companies offer a cheaper alternative to buying new licenses. If brokering, a deal could take a few months to come together. However, if the company is holding a license you need, you could buy it that day. Discount Licensing says you’ll save about 10 to 15 percent off normal license costs.Zack Stern is a freelance writer and editor based in San Francisco. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.