From the outside, Sport can be reasonably treated as a mathematical model, A Simulation By Athletes. But it cannot be taught this way. Expert knowledge from coaches and players is not built up from atoms of data, but top-down and augmented by experience.
At Ranking Software, we are looking to bridge the gap between the two approaches: assist coaches and experts with smarter ways of dealing with numerical information. We have to be aware that a sports result is a measurement that contains both skill and luck effects, and the latter is routinely underestimated.