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Past Articles in Analytics

  1. FiveThirtyEight Talks Ultimate Analytics On Podcast

    FiveThirtyEight, which published a pair of features about ultimate last month, continued the discussion on the site’s Hot Takedown podcast. The relevant clip starts at…

  2. Five Thirty Eight Dives Deep On Lack Of Analytics In Ultimate

    Can the analytics movement in ultimate breathe new life?

  3. Wall Street Journal Features Ultiworld Stats On Front Page

    The Wall Street Journal ran a front page story about ultimate's advanced analytics, pioneered by Ultiworld's Sean Childers and Jeremy Weiss.

  4. Goals And Assists? Who Cares: Why You Should Take A Team Approach To Statistics

    Photo by Alex Fraser — UltiPhotos.com I originally wrote this statistics primer for The Huddle, a now defunct online Ultimate magazine. Around that time, the…

  5. Quantifying Player Value: Introducing ‘Expected Contribution’ And Ranking The 2013 NexGen Team

    No one in Ultimate seriously believes simple statistics like goals, assists, or blocks fairly measure a player’s overall worth. But our new 'expected contribution' statistic - which summarizes each player’s involvement in one overall number -- is a first serious attempt to do exactly this.

  6. How Do We Define Good Defense?

    When we talk, think, and strategize about Ultimate, defensive skill sometimes takes a back seat to offensive play. But we have begun to search for new ways to quantify good defense. Here we introduce one of those: the Ultiworld D rating.

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