Posts by Ian McHale

The Science behind the Sports Analytics Machine

20 September 2016
Ian McHale, Professor of Sports Analytics

Ian McHale, Professor of Sports Analytics

Now that SAM’s predictions for Premier League matches are on the BBC website every week, I am getting asked three questions a lot:

  1. What is SAM?
  2. How does SAM work?
  3. Is SAM any good?

In this blog I hope to give pretty simple answers to these questions, and point the interested reader in the right direction to get more information.

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Is #MANUTD the most dominant English football team of all time?

2 June 2014
Dr Ian McHale

Dr Ian McHale

Since the foundation of the Football League in 1888, 23 clubs have been champions of the top division in English football. Some were single-season wonders, while others enjoyed more sustained success.

As the Director of the Centre for Sports Business at Salford Business School, and Chair of the Royal Statistical Society’s sports section, I have developed a mathematical method for comparing the performance of every English Football League team, taking into account their varying prowess from season to season and the standard of opposition faced.

As the Football League celebrates its 125th anniversary, and after inputting the results of more than 200,000 matches into a highly sophisticated computer model I believe we have the answer. So, which team is the most dominant of all time?

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