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UP Fitness Part 3 #qliksense

In part 1, I discussed my own experiences of using the UP3 personal fitness tracker. Then in part 2, I loaded a year of data into Qlik Sense, the data analysis and visualisation software. In part 3, I’ll explain how to create a series of longitudinal charts showing total distance…

UP Fitness Part 2

In part 1, I discussed how I came to own and use an UP3 personal fitness tracker. It wasn’t the life-changing experience I’d hope for, but it did provide me with a year of activity data. In part 2, I’ll explain how to load that data into Qlik Sense visualisation…

UP Fitness Part 1

It’s approaching Christmas 2015 and desperate for a present for my wife, I took inspiration from Bernard Marr’s book Big Data, which I’d recently finished. Almost in passing, he mentioned wearing a band that gathered his personal movement data, and was contributing to the growth in “big data”. I knew of…

Profiling Sports Science 2016 – The Results

Firstly, thank you to everyone who took the time to contribute to our short survey. We hope it will continue to be an annual event, and that the insights derived from your answers will help to shape the industry, and the part Sports Discovery plays within it. The survey this…

Euro2016 the best result and statistic tracker

With only hours remaining until kick off, it’s time to bookmark your favourite portal to track the Euro 2016 results. For me, this one is the best; it provides the history, it’s easy to use, and it looks great. Enjoy the tournament. David Penny

Profiling Sports Science Careers – The Results

Last month we conducted a survey on Sports Discovery looking into the views on Sport Science careers; questions included what fundamental skills are needed to succeed in High Performance Sport and what methods are used to further develop your career. We had hundreds of respondents from all over the world;…

Sport Informatics and Analytics #UCSIA15

Without a formal qualification in Sports Science, I’ve had to work hard to understand the reasons behind the types of analytical work I’ve undertaken for clients. My degree was as far from sports science as you could get (business and engineering), but I’ve built a working knowledge of performance, athlete monitoring, and the…

A Basket of Visualisations

November 14, 2014No Comments

It seems that for anyone wanting to display their data analysis talents, sporting data is the first place they look. From The Guardian and BBC, to individuals working with free to use software, whenever there’s a significant sporting event, or even when there isn’t, out come the data analysts. Over…

BBC 60 Second Test: Which Sport Are You Made For?

July 28, 2014No Comments

To celebrate the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the BBC have devised a 60 second test to determine which sport you are best suited to. Covering areas such as: Height, Pain Tolerance, Aggressiveness, Co-ordination, and Focus, it’s a fun way to learn which sport you’re designed for and inclined towards. Take…

A Summer Of Sport Analytics

Long lazy summer days; the sound of leather on willow; vuvuzela orchestras; Brazilian football chants; strawberries and cream; Thames rowing; Lewis and Nico. We’re in for a summer of sport, and with it comes a summer of sports’ data. To get the ball rolling (or bouncing), here’s an excellent analysis of…