Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Spatial analysis and visualization in the NBA using GIS applications
by Jensen, Daniel, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 117; 1527009
Abstract (Summary)

Basketball is a unique sport in which the use of space and time is greatly important for a team’s success. Furthermore, the National Basketball Association (NBA) is undergoing drastic change in terms of the way teams approach spatial issues as well as the spatio-temporal technologies and analytics. Given these facts, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) provide the opportunity to develop new analytic and visual methodologies to perform spatial analysis for team performances and meet the league’s changing needs. This project thus develops new approaches, methods, and toolsets using GIS to demonstrate its efficacy and potential for professional application in the NBA. The first application uses GIS to adapt Relative Motion analysis techniques to an existing play, seeking to represent the average motion characteristics entailed therein. The other application uses a tool developed to map, glean spatial statistics, and model the use and importance of floor spacing for teams in the NBA.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ban, Hyowon
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Geography, Geographic information science, Statistics
Keywords: Basketball, Data visualization, Geographic information systems, Mapping, Spatial analysis, Stastistical analysis
Publication Number: 1527009
ISBN: 9781321370447
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