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Activity Number: 235 - Statistical Analysis of ESports Data
Type: Topic Contributed
Date/Time: Monday, July 29, 2019 : 2:00 PM to 3:50 PM
Sponsor: Section on Statistics in Sports
Abstract #305231
Title: Introduction to Statistical Analysis of ESports Data
Author(s): Brian Macdonald* and Nicholas Clark
Companies: Greater Than Plus Minus and West Point
Keywords: eSports; sports analytics

We give an introduction to the analysis of in-game eSports data. Our focus will be on the types of data that are available, the kinds of problems one might try to solve using the data, and similarities and differences between eSports analytics and traditional sports analytics. We will present several examples of team and player data from the game Defense of the Ancients 2 (DOTA2), with a heavy emphasis on using visualizations to understand more about the data. We also give examples of using eSports data in the classroom when presenting regression, classification, and clustering methods. Knowledge of eSports is not assumed, though knowledge of sports and sports analytics will be helpful.

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