Prof. Minsoo Kang
Dean of Department of Health, Exercise Science, and Recreation at University of Mississippi
Date: June 16th, 2017
Topic: “Advantages of Statistics in Sports”
On June 16th, 2017, DTM welcomed Prof. Minsoo Kang, Dean of Department of Health, Exercise Science, and Recreation in University of Mississippi for the second special lecture in 2017 DTM special lectures series.
Prof. Kang’s lecture on the “Advantages of Statistics in Sports” was hotly anticipated by many – the audience ranged from DTM to Global Sport Management and even the business school students. Everyone was intrigued to get an insight into the sport statistics.
Since the many professional sport teams started to analyze statistics, statistics in sports has undergone a lot of changes. With sports growing into big business, though, an understanding of statistics is as important to a team as an understanding of the pick-and-roll in basketball as well as in entire sport field.
[Prof. Minsoo Kang, Dean of Department of Health, Exercise Science, and Recreation at University of Mississippi.]
“When I started researching and studying on statistics in sports, there were only a few serious articles or dissertations, but now we can find thousands of articles, dissertation and books anytime and anywhere. Most people in sport field have probably no doubt that how important statistics is in sport field,” said Prof. Kang.
Prof. Kang presented about the purpose of statistics in sports and his recent project regarding the application of statistics in sports.
“Statistics is a tool for evaluation and emphasized that statistics play an important role in modern sports as advancement of technology. It can help coaches and players instantly make more informed decisions that could decide wins and losses.”
His study to detect match-fixing which is called ‘Benford’s Law in Sports Data’ gave an interest to the students by sharing his research:
“I believe that using Benford’s law to catch corporate cheats will be more common not only in sport but also in several other fields.”
Benford’s law which is the law of numerical observation by logarithm is used as a tool to detect match-fixing in sports and fraud and doubtful data.
What a Benford’s analysis may do then is to help weed out the match-fixing and any other cheats.
[Group photo of Prof. Minsoo Kang, Prof. Thilo Pachmann, Prof. Joon-ho Kang, and the Dream Together Master students.]