Predicting Major League Baseball championship winners through data mining

The world of sports is highly unpredictable. Fans of any sport are interested in predicting the outcomes of sporting events. Whether it is prediction based off of experience, a gut feeling, instinct, simulation based off of video games, or simple statistical measures, many fans develop their own approach to predicting the results of games. In many situations, these methods are not reliable and lack a fundamental basis. Even the experts are unsuccessful in most situations. In this paper we present a sports data mining approach to uncover hidden knowledge within the game of baseball. The goal is to develop a model using data mining methods that will predict American League champions, National League champions, and World Series winners at a higher success rate compared to traditional models. Our approach will analyze historical regular season data of playoff contenders by applying kernel machine learning schemes in an effort to uncover potentially useful information that helps predict future champions.
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Subjects: baseball sports game high performance sport competition prognosis investigation method
Notations: sport games technical and natural sciences
Tagging: data mining
Published in: Athens Journal of Sport
Published: 2016
Volume: 4
Issue: 3
Pages: 239-252
Document types: article
Language: English
Level: advanced