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Can complex network metrics predict the behavior of NBA teams?

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Can complex network metrics predict the behavior of NBA teams?
The United States National Basketball Association (NBA) is one of the most popular sports league in the world and is well known for moving a millionary betting market that uses the countless statistical data generated after each game to feed the wagers. This leads to the existence of a rich historical database that motivates us to discover implicit knowledge in it. In this paper, we use complex network statistics to analyze the NBA database in order to create models to represent the behavior of teams in the NBA. Results of complex network-based models are compared with box score statistics, such as points, rebounds and assists per game. We show the box score statistics play a significant role for only a small fraction of the players in the league. We then propose new models for predicting a team success based on complex network metrics, such as clustering coefficient and node degree. Complex network-based models present good results when compared to box score statistics, which undersc...
Antonio Alfredo Ferreira Loureiro, Pedro O. S. Vaz
Added 30 Nov 2009
Updated 30 Nov 2009
Type Conference
Year 2008
Where KDD
Authors Antonio Alfredo Ferreira Loureiro, Pedro O. S. Vaz de Melo, Virgílio A. F. Almeida
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