Davidson_LogoPlayers, coaches, spectators and refs aren’t the only parties involved in athletic contests these days. A growing number of data analysts are joining today’s teams, compiling information on a wide variety of individual and team performance statistics to help maximize chances of winning.

Davidson’s department of mathematics and computer science has become a center for the study of sports analytics. The college is providing a growing number of students with opportunities not only for classroom instruction in the field, but also for internships to practice it in real games.

But there’s more to it for students than quantifying the action of a physical endeavor they’ve always enjoyed. According to Associate Professor Tim Chartier, who initiated the development of sports analytics study at Davidson, sports analytics teaches students valuable intellectual skills that have direct application in the lucrative world of commercial data analytics in general. Click here for full article