Dr. Dave to delve into ‘Golden Age of Sports Analytics’ during campus visit

A popular speaker who connects the dots between business, sports and statistical analysis will visit Mississippi State in early December.

During his visit, Dave “Dr. Dave” Schrader will deliver a public presentation titled “Entering the Golden Age of Sports Analytics.” Open to all, the presentation will examine a range of issues and questions, including:

* What’s happening around the world to collect and analyze data for recruiting, player development, game planning and injury prevention?

* How are analytics being used to evaluate and improve business operations – ticket pricing, sales and sponsorships?

* What analytics are the leading pro teams and leagues using for basketball, baseball, football, hockey and soccer?

* How quickly are analytics being adopted at the college level? Who is leading? What are they doing?

* How can other parts of the university, like the business school or computer science departments, collaborate with sports programs to provide analytics for teams? What are good “Moneyball” projects to launch? What have other schools done?

* Where can you get more information? What to read? What conferences to attend?

Since retiring from Teradata, a high-tech data analytics company, in 2014, Schrader has remained active on the board of directors for the Teradata University Network. In this role, he creates materials for faculty and students to facilitate learning math, stats and computer science. He specializes in explaining how to use databases to create insights for business and sports. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Purdue University.

He is also a popular speaker on college campuses. In 2017, he gave 59 talks to students, faculty, and university staff members on sports and business analytics at 32 schools to more than 2,000 attendees. In 2016, he spoke to more than 2,500 people, including at four schools in Germany.

Schrader’s lecture is set for Dec. 3 at 11 a.m. in Colvard Student Union’s Fowlkes Auditorium. Please contact Lynn Taylor in the Office of Research and Economic Development at (662) 325-3168 or ltaylor@research.msstate.edu with any questions.

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