EPL Week 4

Game of the week Stoke City 2-2 Manchester United United’s first real test. Still look going forward but defensive frailties may be exposed by top opposition

It must be September - Kane starts scoring The first one was a bit of a fluke but he reaches the 80 goal mark at a younger age than any who have reached that level in fewer appearances

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EPL Week 3

Game of the week A slightly fortuitous win for Manchester City. View the highlights with a Russian commentary

Arsenal leaking goals Arsenal have gone from edging a seven-goal thriller against Leicester to a pummelling at the hands of Liverpool, via an unhappy trip to Stoke. Over this period, they have conceded eight goals. How does that stack up over any three game stretch for them or any other team.

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EPL Week 2

Round 2 Not so many shocks in Round 2. Three teams remain with 100% records. Manchester United have looked the most impressive and it is not until week 8 that they meet any of the five teams that finished above them last year. Huddersfield manager David Wagner will probably just be grateful to have six points in the bag so soon and Tony Pulis will be looking to put his feet up even earlier than usual as his WBA teams tend to do once they reach the 40 point safety level

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EPL Week 1

Round 1 Well we’re back with an exciting start to the new season. Manchester United turned in their best performance in years and Huddersfield had a dream return to the top tier. Some things remain the same though with Dele Alli conning Shelvey into a dismissal and Liverpool conceding from corners Game of the Week Arsenal and Leicester swapping blows with the Gunners emerging victorious

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EPL 2017/18

With the new Premier League season kicking off, I plan to produce plenty of posts over the coming months I have yet to organize it all but the idea is to present tables and charts without embedded code. Hopefully, I will get around to publishing it on Github So let’s start of with a couple of different areas of interest

Starting survivors 220 keen players will start the season - but how often does the Game one starting lineup reflect who plays most for the team throughout the season?

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StatCan API's Discovered

My last post was a first look at StatCan data which highlighted that there was a lot of data available but that it was not necessarily easily available or perfectly presented Since then (and apologies where due), I have come across a couple of APIs First-off, StatCan do have a developers page one of which provides access to hundreds of indicators in JSON format.

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Bournemouth to bash on?

I have plans to hive off the soccer/football section off to a separate blog as many sports readers will not be interested in code but until then, here is my latest effort As the new season is now upon us it was time to post a new article. I have also been intending to pen something based around James Curley’s excellent engsoccerdata package which anyone interested in R and European football should definitely check out

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Pimping the StatCan Blog

Statistics Canada make available masses of useful data from Censuses and Surveys. One way they communicate is via twitter e.g. library(blogdown) shortcode("tweet", "891757886011002883") In 2001, 31% of young adults (aged 20 to 34) were still living with their parents. Any change in 2016? Stay tuned! https://t.co/lUMBplYJWW pic.twitter.com/4CA3DvhuNw — Statistics Canada (@StatCan_eng) July 30, 2017 Since January 2013 have also issued monthly blog posts covering a wide range of social and economic matters of interest

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When Babe Ruth met Kandinsky

When Babe Ruth first retired from baseball he found it tough. Without the protection of the Yankees PR department his various, and widespread, indiscretions were fodder for the yellow press and the reluctance of anyone to give him a managerial position was humiliating So he became a virtual recluse mainly fly-fishing, painting water-colours and studying the lives of contemporary artists. It was during the late 1930’s that he discovered that his favourite painter, Wassily Kandinsky, was alive and living in France.

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Automated congratulatory tweet to Twitter Friends

On the front page of my premiersoccerstats site, I have a Player Milestones table which highlights players who have reached certain levels in the Premier League’s latest round of games e.g. 100 Appearances This requires comparing two datasets and subsetting the rows with differences in the variable of interest. To this end, I use the daff package which was the subject of a presentation at the recent R User 2017 conference

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