# Free Seminar on Sports Analytics + Free Food @ Boston Pizza in New Westminster: 7 pm, Friday, January 23, 2015

January 21, 2015 Leave a comment

I will attend the following seminar at **7 pm** on **Friday**, **January 23**, **2015**. It will be held in a private dining room at **Boston Pizza** (1045 Columbia Street in New Westminster, British Columbia). This seminar is part of **Café Scientifique**, an ongoing series of public lectures from my alma mater, Simon Fraser University.

If you will attend, please come and say “Hello”!

Reserve your free seat by emailing: cafe_scientifique@sfu.ca

***Note that there is no accent above the “e” in this address.*

**Friday, January 23, 2015**

Speaker: Dr. Tim Swartz, Professor, Department of Statistics & Actuarial Science, Simon Fraser University

Research interest: My general interest is statistical computing. Most of my work attempts to take advantage of the power of modern computing machinery to solve real statistical problems. The area where I have devoted a lot of attention is the integration problem arising in Bayesian applications. Lately, my interest in statistics in sport has grown to consume a fair bit of my time, perhaps too much of my time.

Topic: **Sports Analytics**

Sports analytics has become an important area of emphasis for professional sports teams in their attempt to obtain a competitive edge. The discussion will revolve around recent work that Dr. Swartz has conducted in sports analytics such as the optimal time to pull a goalie in hockey, insights into home team advantage and the value of draft positions in major league soccer.

**Café Scientifique** is a series of informal discussions connecting research to important issues of interest to the community. Enjoy light snacks and refreshments while engaging with cutting-edge, award-winning researchers from Simon Fraser University’s (SFU) Faculty of Science.

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