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Process Mining Meets Football — Process Mining Camp 2019

The eighth speaker at Process Mining Camp 2019 was Hadi Sotudeh from JADS in the Netherlands.

Earlier, we talked about how us process miners learn to spot potential process mining data everywhere. Hadi did not have to look very far. Once he found the Statsbomb dataset from the 2018 World Cup, his love of soccer drove him to investigate how he could possibly apply process mining to this football data.

Hadi was especially interested in how a football team possesses the ball on the pitch. These patterns of play could help a team to learn from mistakes. Furthermore, coaching staff could develop counter strategies for an opponent.

The challenge is that football interactions do not follow a standard process. Therefore, finding the right perspective is not easy. Hadi shows that the same data can be molded to explore many different angles. For example, one angle shows sequences of types of actions, another shows interactions between individual players, and yet another shows patterns for particular outcomes (goal or throw-in). Each of these angles gives different insights.

You do not have to be a football nerd yourself to learn something from Hadi’s talk. Watch the video as an illustration of how you as the process mining analyst can take different perspectives on the data depending on the angle that you choose.

From 15 to 24 June 2020, we will meet for our first digital edition of Process Mining Camp. This year, camp will not only be fully online and free of charge, but we are also trying out a new format.

We will get together for one live-streamed talk each day, with lots of discussion and socializing at the campfire in between. You can read more about this year’s camp format, and why we think it can create a more relaxed and engaging experience, on our updated camp website.

Take a look at the program and sign up now!

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