Date of Award
Master of Science
Yi Hu, Gervini Daniel, Jun Zhang
Centrality Measures, Key Groups, Key Players, Network Analysis, Soccer Team
In this thesis, I introduce that passing performance is crucial skill in the soccer game. I provide network centrality approaches to discover key players and key groups in a soccer team. The Utility Model of game theory evaluates each soccer player’s contribution to his team outcome. The approach of finding key players is to implement soccer passing network data with the combination of Nash Equilibrium with Bonacich Centrality Measure. We identify the key player by finding the top individual Inter-Centrality Measure, and also identify the key group of players that match better together in the game. The results verification will use 2013 market values, media attention, and team unbeaten probability by his appearance/absence.
Zhu, Ying, "Discovering Key Players and Key Groups in a Soccer Team Using Centrality Measures" (2015). Theses and Dissertations. 941.