Sport Analytics: Who is Really All-In?

Baseball Cray Blog

Who is the ‘Mystery' MLB Team that has a Cray Supercomputer? It is a great story, but after two decades in the U.S. Special Operations Command and another 10 years building and operating capabilities for the government as a defense contractor, I fully understand the power of a secret. My colleague, Nick Davis, recently expressed his frustrations at not being able to tell the world more about our involvement in Major League Baseball (MLB). I could not agree more, because working with our mystery team, bringing the advanced analytics capabilities of our Urika-GD™ graph discovery appliance to baseball, has been one of my most prized experiences. And now to have the writers at ESPN The Magazine mistakenly associate us with the ... [ Read More ]

Cray’s Mystery MLB Team Revealed?

ESPN Analytics Blog

Last week, ESPN published an interesting article exploring the use, or lack thereof, of analytics in Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League. In the article, titled “The Great Analytics Rankings,” the researchers at ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com assessed, rated and ranked each team on its overall usage of analytics. Based on their findings and assessments, teams were classified as either all-in, believers, one-foot in, skeptics or nonbelievers. Needless to say, the article caught our attention. Many devoted followers of Cray know, and now the readers of this ESPN article are quickly finding out, a Major League Baseball team is one of our customers. Yes, ... [ Read More ]

Your Big Data Resolution for the New Year

Runner New Years Blog

Nothing says January like a list of resolutions calling for healthier living in the new year. I have admittedly given up making such lists for myself, but I’m happy to say that I played my part in promoting good health by getting my wife an activity tracker for Christmas. She will join 40 million other Fitbit, Jawbone and Apple band wearers in tracking multiple aspects of their daily activity and sending loads of data back to device manufacturers in 2015. The Activity Data Gold Mine At the level of the individual wearer, the utility of an activity tracker is quite evident. It tracks raw stats like heart rate, steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned and location, among others, allowing users to monitor, visualize and brag about ... [ Read More ]

In-Memory Analytics: Going With the Pitch

In the immediate aftermath of an enthralling World Series (go Giants!), it’s not surprising that it’s taking a while to get out of baseball mode. I did not have the benefit of growing up with America's pastime, but I do know there’s quite a bit of strategy in the game. The value of getting the matchup part of the strategy right is evidenced by the cutting-edge research in this space, but that’s a topic for another day. Another concept brought up at various points in the World Series that I found intriguing was batters “going with the pitch” to increase their chances of a positive result on the play. This means recognizing the pitch and hitting the ball to right or left field depending on what kind of pitch was thrown, in the direction ... [ Read More ]

The Right Tool for the Job

I love Swiss Army Knives; their ingenuity and utility are legendary. As you can see in the picture, it is a thing of beauty, with an array of some 20 tools ready to help you solve a dizzying variety of everyday problems. Some of the tools have obvious uses, like the large blade and the magnifying lens. But a few of the tools are a bit more obscure. Take the hook, for example. Did you know that it’s also called the “parcel carrier,” and that it’s there to help you carry things? And what about that hole in the reamer? Turns out that’s a sewing eye. Do you know how to use it? Do you think you will ever use either of those tools for their intended purposes? So, for all its compactness, this engineering marvel has some parts that we’re ... [ Read More ]