Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Statistics


Computer Science and Statistics

First Advisor

Guangyu Zhu


Data analysis provides important insights to inform decision-making by discovering patterns and trends in datasets. With the increasing collection and availability of large datasets, data science has the potential to revolutionize decision-making in many fields. Basketball is one of the most popular sports in the world,and the application of data science in basketball has attracted a large amount of attention in recent years. Our research explores the dissimilarity and similarity of game-play characteristics through recent years within the National Basketball Association. We focused on the data analysis of basketball teams and player performance, analysis, and prediction of competition results. We used multidimensional scaling and autoencoder to examine the dissimilarity and similarity of team performance. The research will show that data analysis can enable teams to increase their understanding of past performance and factors that drove success. Teams can also use analysis to make predictions of future success and to inform decisions that lead to success.



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