God, I love it when the team reaches out to its fans.
A little nugget of joy leaped from my monitor today in the form of a contest from the Oilers entitled Hackathon.
Hackathon, version 2.0 to be exact.
The Oilers want to get inside your brain to see what you might know about analytics. And if you’re really good (or a little lucky), you stand to win some Oilers merchandise. You might even get a chance to attend a practice, watch a game from the catwalk with team executives, and if you’re really good, the Oilers are offering an “opportunity to participate in the Oilers Analytics Working Group”, which at least sounds nice.
What is the team looking for? Enter the contest, and they will forward you some information regarding certain players. They’re looking for some statistical information, like points per game and goaltender save percentage. They’re looking for educated guesses about goal differential.
The fourth part is worth a couple of read-overs. From the Oilers’ website-
“Conduct a predictive analysis of some dimension of potential value about the Oilers. The analysis must be testable in the upcoming season and judged on its difficulty, clarity, accuracy and value”.
The fourth part to this contest could be pretty much anything Oiler-centric that your heart desires. Can you come up with a formula that when defencemen X, Y and Z are dressed that the team suffers more than when they are scratches? Probably. Maybe you can show a correlation when Hall/Horcoff/Hemsky are on a line, the team scores a certain percentage of goals. Don’t forget to show your work.
Whatever your idea may be, it’s a good concept. It’s a step in the right direction for the Oilers by reaching out to the masses for ideas. Could you imagine seeing this four, five years ago?
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