APBRmetrics

Association for Professional Basketball Research Metrics

This association has been working so many years ago on the quantification of all aspects of the game building standard statistics baselines and making some new concepts related to basketball very popular.

82games.com

I can spend hours looking into the numbers of this site. I would like to see what else is behind the scene, they just offer limited stats.

In any case is a nice reference of data.

Modeling Basketball’s Points per Possession With Application to Predicting the Outcome of College Basketball Games

This essay contains some basic information about different basic ways to calculate the performance of a player or team per posession. I like the analysis Ryan does about the different models he used, it results very didactic.

http://www.basketballgeek.com/downloads/ryan_bach_essay.pdf

Do you know any other place where to dig into this type of basketball statistics?

 

 

 

BTC Futures offered by CME group

I read this article and now I understand some of the things that are happening in the values of the crypto-currencies.

CME group is offering the possibility to trade with Futures of Bitcoins

CME group is owner of some of the largest and more relevant markets. It owns and operates large derivatives and futures exchanges in Chicago, New York City, and exchange facilities in London. It also owns the Dow Jones stock and financial indexes, and some other markets.

How the futures market operates (from the article)

In a futures market, if the price is $500/BTC, an investor needs to buy 50 futures contracts, each worth $10. If an investor wishes to open a positive position then he goes long with “buy” contracts, and if he decides to open a negative position, he goes short with “sell” contracts. An investor’s position can be either positive or negative for the same instrument.

Consequence

Before middle of December 2017 people were operating in one direction: market going-up.

Since middle of December 2017 there are people operating in both directions: some looking for the market to go-up some others looking to the market to go down.

You can see Bitcoin Futures quotes here.

Triggers, creating behavior that lasts

“Triggers” is the name of this book, which goal is:

  • Enable you to create behavior that lasts.
  • Help you to be the person you want to be.

I was reluctanttriggers, creating behaviors that lasts

when I started to read this book, thinking about what it could offer to me.

Marshall Goldsmith does a direct clear introduction about what the book is about and it convinced to me about the idea.

I like the way he express the ideas, the stories and the tone of the book is very pleasant;  somtimes you have the feeling he is coaching you while you are reading it and this interaction is funny too.

What I put in practice

There are several aspects about triggers that are described in the book. I have put some of them in practice:

1. Identification of triggers:

This analysis is very interesting to understand how they happen, how they evolve, and the consequence they produce. Once you have listed the triggers it’s interesting to put on the proposed diagram. The division of the trigger in: event, behavior, consequence; is also an important topic to understand how it works and what you have to change: the behavior.

2. Remove negative things from the environment:

The importance of the environment is something I was understimating. Now just with the analysis of it, and the identification how it influence on me, I pay more attention to this aspect.

3. Save time adding time:

I just added a table on a paper with things I should eliminate and how much time it takes per week. I have been able to earn 12 hours easily for activities that matters to me.

4. “21 days challenge”

As an exercise to promote the addition of good habits in my day to day. I plan to do a couple of these per cycle, increasing the complexity and attending the more important habits I want to incorporate.

5. Daily engaging questions:

I have started to do it, and it’s linked to the previous point of the 21 days. It turns the desire in habits and let me evaluate the situation.

6- The wheel of change:

I have done a list of things, then I have given them an unique number (basically the same list of identified triggers). Finally I have drawn the wheel.

I have added each point:

  • in the place I think it’s today,
  • and with an arrow, to the direction I want it to go. This is helping me to evaluate where I am and where I would like to be.

7. “1 hour questions check”:

This is useful to distress special situation where you know you can easily fall in the wrong behavior.

  • Did I do my best to be happy?
  • Did I do my best to find meaning?
  • Did I do my best to build positive relationships?
  • Did I do my best to be fully engaged?

8. List of depleting activities:

You do the list and then you define a strategy once you are in front of them: delegate, avoid, postpone, just do it… When you have to do then, change your attitude lowering the depleting impact.

9. Good enough attitude:

Avoid the conformist attitude in your personal live.

Be a professional, not an amateur.

the wheel of changeProviding structure and timing

You will find a lot of tips as: do “this” 21 days and you will solve “that”, and some other tips without context. I collect these tips an I quickly relize they are not realistic, they make no sense on the context of the rest of my life, so they are useless without context.

The difference on “Triggers” book is that Marshall provides us 2 important things:

  1. Structure to work on each things you want to change.
  2. Specific activities and exercises with different timings:
    1. 1 hour question check.
    2. Daily questions.
    3. 21 days challenge.

So, if we plan different priorities, start adding them in the loop of changes, puting them in the right timing and driving the things in the right direction; then and only then we can really promote change in the way we behave.

Micro-districts

Taillin, Estonia, summer 2016,

we arrived to the city and did the traditional tourism walk in the historical center. Taking some information and reading about what our book say about the city, it was clear the URSS influence on the city in their history.

After that we went to the appartment we were going to stay. This was inside of a major district built during the URSS period. They are called micro-districs.

How does micro-districts work?

The person hosting in his home was a Russian citizen, he explained to us that the round shape of the district tried to influss the sense of community into the people living there.

All services where inside: stores, school, police station, a small health office… in your day to day you could spend the whole day there. As a child, to stay in the distric was very common.

For instance, in a building of flats, the older children had to pick-up the younger ones, so they would go with them to the school; in this way the mothers could work at home. There were other rules like that to reinforce the sense of belonging to the district. This small gesture was to promote the continuous collaboration between people.

Cupertino

Today I have seen a picture in the news about the evolution of the new Apple headquarters office. When I saw the picture I could not resist the comparisson to the URSS microdistricts.

What do you think?

 

 

Kraken

For my poor memory I will list some of the experiences I have had using Kraken.

Configuration, set-up and deposit

All work easily and quick

Stop-loss

They are deactivated since July or August of 2017, due to a overload of stop-loss was provoking that the triggers were not working.

Maintenance

Today I entered in the site and I found it. Today means:

  • 11/01/2018 10:54 CET
  • 12/01/2018 18:08 CET

***MAINTENANCE ANNOUNCEMENT***

Kraken is presently offline for maintenance.

While maintenance is underway, the website and API will not be reachable, and orders will not be able to be placed or canceled.

The Kraken Team

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