Look what touched down in my mailbox today…
_Football Analytics with Python & R_ by Eric Eager and Richard Erickson. I had the pleasure to be a tech reviewer for this book and recommend it to anyone interested in, as the subtitle suggests, learning data science through the lens of sports.
What I particularly love about this title is that it stands squarely on the three pillars of the famous “Data Science Venn Diagram:”
1. Math & stats — dive inside the mechanics of linear regression, principal components analysis and other fundamental data science techniques
2. Hacking skills — get up and running with Python and R from scratch and learn how to gather and clean your data from a variety of football analytics data sources.
3. Substantive expertise — learn how to tell a story with the data and weave it into the greater context of what you’re looking to explore (Just like they did in _Moneyball_ )!
Congrats again to the authors for quarterbacking this title; I’m sure it will score lots of points… and I’ll stop now