Richard Demsyn-Jones has an extensive experience building predictive models. Currently, Richard is at Google Trust and Safety Analytics, and prior to that Richard helped Capital One with their data science opportunities as a principal data scientist. Richard has an academic background in economics.
I bumped into Richard when he was presenting on sports analytics, and despite zero interest or prior experience in watching in Hockey, I found myself deeply immersed in Richard’s presentation where he discussed data analytics around goalie quality…This goes to show Richard’s compelling storytelling abilities.
Couple of fun facts about Richard: He thinks cereal is good for any meal, also he’s from Canada, but doesn’t want you to hold that against other Canadians.
In this podcast, Richard shares his thoughts on:
- When it comes to betting, is natural talent more important than quantitative skills
- Nate Silvers story on why he left the poker world…
- Chess…Yes Chess!!
- A key area for a sports analyst to focus on (even if you are a hobbyist, you may want to follow the advice here)
- How can data be applied when selecting lineups
- Going beyond sports, how to apply data when building new teams and increase team performance…where you can play off the way different strengths interact with each other.
- Round of rapid fire questions on data…my favorite part.
Richard’s email: fumble.to.victory [at] gmail.com
Disclaimer: Opinions expressed herein are in my/Richard’s own, and do not represent our employer’s viewpoints on sports analytics or other projects.