You know that traditional statistics are flawed. Points per game in basketball doesn’t account for the pace of the game. Points per possession is a better metric.
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.
Enlightenment through sports analytics and data visualization
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.
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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. This inspired a new method for undertanding sports.
I’ve been lucky enough to get some media attention for my work.
- Paul Finebaum, the King of the South, had me on his radio show in January, 2012. We discussed the preview of 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.
- Brad Swift and Rick Karnesky interviewed me for KALX Spectrum, the science and technology show on UC Berkeley student radio. The interview lasts 20 minutes.
I’m also on the radio (WTKA in Ann Arbor) each Thursday morning for the MGoBlog round table. To hear the podcasts, click here.
For more information, check out my newcomer’s guide to The Power Rank.