Dr Dobbs – “World Cup” Computing By Erin White

Researchers write software to rank and rate soccer players by mapping the flow of the ball between players.

As a young boy growing up in Portugal, Luis Amaral loved playing, watching and talking soccer. Amaral and his friends passionately debated about which players were “the best.” But, it was just a matter of opinion. Unlike baseball and basketball, there isnt a lot of statistical information detailing how each soccer player contributes to a match.

Amaral, now a professor at Northwestern University, combined his love of soccer with his research teams computational skills to measure and rank the success of soccer players based on an objective measure of performance instead of opinion. The results of the study are published in PLoS ONE, a journal published by the Public Library of Science.

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