Monday, January 26, 2015

Blog Post 6

Other than more research, I haven't made a lot of progress since my last post.  Studying for midterms really took up most of the time, which left almost nothing for my project. Just a little more research on how to create an app, as well as researching how current NBA teams use the plus/minus stat throughout their season was all I could accomplish. Now that they are over I will have a lot more time to get done what I need to do. As I am writing this I remembered I saw on ESPN how the Atlanta Hawks use the plus/minus stat. For those of you who don't follow the NBA the Atlanta Hawks currently have the best record in the league. The segment talked about how their coaches film each of their practices and base their playing time on how well their players' plus/minus is. Maybe more teams should start doing this.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Blog Post 5

Unfortunately I haven't done anything for my project during the last three weeks.  I'm a little disappointed with myself for not doing anything over break.  I wish I could say I was too busy over the holidays because that would be a decent excuse, but in reality, there was probably three or four days where I was actually completely booked (Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve, and New Years Day).  So that's me being straight up lazy, but I've learned from my mistake and I plan on getting back on track.  Since it's been a month since I really thought about my project I'll have to do some research to remember what I did so long ago.  That will actually have me going backwards for a little, so I'll have to work even harder to catch up.  I still have a pretty good understanding of how professional teams use the plus minus stat currently which I was pretty impressed with myself.  Even though doing all this research isn't the fun part, it's still necessary so that when it comes to actually creating the app I know what I'm doing, and don't fail miserably.  The very depressing thought is that even if I do all the research I might still fail miserably anyway, but that's what this project is about.  So if any of you guys are still choosing what your project is, don't worry about failing because you'll have at least one other person in the same boat as you. (That's me).