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Women’s tennis debate shows how ‘big data’ is moving into our lives in big and small ways

07th Jan `14, 05:02 AM in Sports

As a data specialist, I work daily to help incorporate the wealth of information from large datasets into…

BDMS
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As a data specialist, I work daily to help incorporate the wealth of information from large datasets into our stories. It’s a term called “big data.”

Just hearing those words is enough to make some think the concept is too complex to understand. But those numbers are crucial in identifying trends and telling stories without relying only on an official’s word.

“Big data” has gone mainstream with the likes of Nate Silver and the National Security Agency. Here’s another way it is creeping into our lives.

This hits a little close to home for me, someone who’s played tennis competitively for more than 25 years. As Matt Cronin of tennis.com first reported, the Women’s Tennis Association board of directors is debating whether to give its players and coaches instant access to match data via smartphones beginning in 2015. WTA Tour-partner SAP currently makes the point-by-point stats available, but only after matches are completed.

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