It makes you cringe when someone proclaims the greatness of a coach after 6 games. ESPN’s Tom Jackson actually did this with Josh McDaniels. Any coach can look good in that small a sample size.
Hi, my name is Ed Feng, and I hear you. At The Power Rank, I use data and statistics to better understand sports.
It all started with an algorithm I developed to rank teams and predict the outcome of future games. Based on my Stanford Ph.D., this algorithm accurately accounts for strength of schedule and margin of victory.
The rankings are particularly powerful at finding over and under rated teams in college football and basketball.
The Power Rank is also about the stories that numbers reveal about sports. Both prose and data visualization are used to tell these stories. Some of my favorites appear under Popular Articles.
Enlightenment through sports analytics and data visualization
As a thank you, I’ll send you a pdf download of The Football Analytics Resource Guide – The Top 5 Killer Articles.
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About Ed Feng
I founded The Power Rank in 2008 when I got sick of using my math skills on arcane academic papers that no one will ever read. It’s also when I learned that Google’s PageRank technology was based on the same math as my Ph.D in chemical engineering. This inspired a new method for understanding sports.
My content has appeared on Grantland, Deadspin and Sports Illustrated. I also appear weekly on WTKA in Ann Arbor as well as regularly on the Betting Dork podcast with Gill Alexander.
These media outlets have featured my work.
- Paul Finebaum, the King of the South, had me on his radio show in January, 2012 to discuss the Alabama versus Notre Dame national championship game.
- After seeing the interactive March Madness bracket, Amy Nelson from SB Nation did a documentary on my analytics and data visualization. The video is about 5 minutes.
- Eric Chemi at Bloomberg Businessweek wrote about my rankings and predictions before the 2014 NCAA tournament.
I’ve also done interviews on sports radio, such as WMT in Cedar Rapids and WUZ the Wake Up Zone in Nashville. To inquire about an interview appearance, please contact me here.
For more information, check out my newcomer’s guide to The Power Rank.