At 5 feet 10, the stanford medical student and basketball junkie said he finds himself thrust into the role of point guard, yet i dont like being the point guard. He is a cofounder of creobase, a crowdsourced global needfinding database that aims to expose the worlds biggest medical needs. Muthu alagappan, a former intern at ayasdi, used the companys software to claim there are really different basketball positions, rather than five. Two years ago, alagappan was an intern at ayasdi, a palo altobased startup company, using the companys proprietary software to tackle complex. Muthu alagappan is a stanford university senior, a basketball fan and an intern at ayasdi, a data visualization company. Topology is the study of shape, and when applied to a specific data set, it unlocks more information about what the shape represents. Muthu alagappan is a medical resident known for his professional basketball analytics.
Muthu alagappan, a stanford senior, basketball fan and intern at ayasdi, a data visualization company, released a topological data study in laymans terms, a. Alagappan was an intern at ayasdi, a palo alto based startup company, using the companys proprietary software to tackle complex problems such as cancer research and accelerated drug discovery. Ask for them by name and dont fall for academic researchers or proofofconcepts. During his undergraduate studies, he focused on the intersection of health care and information technology. Can advanced statistics redefine basketball positions. Software made for the military is being used by the nfl to. Hoops revolution stanford student gaining cult status for.
After speaking at the 2012 mit sloan sports analytics conference, several professional teams began to use the companys software. Muthu started as an ayasdi data scientist intern in early 2012 with the goal to learn about how topological data analysis tda could be used in medicine. Stanford student hoping to change game of basketball the. Ams mathematical moment podcast on math and basketball. Muthu s other passion is basketball, a sport he grew up playing and watching frequently as a teenager in houston.
Muthu alagappan, 23 consultant, ayasdi developed a set of advanced statistical basketball metrics he groups players by statistical strengths to surmise that a team effectively breaks down to. While there, he founded and led an all sports analytics work project addressing professional. Muthu alagappan, who was named to the 20 forbes 30 under 30 sports list, will demo how he has leveraged ayasdi iris with tda to reinvent and. Muthu alagappan, 23, consultant, ayasdi developed a set of advanced statistical basketball metrics he groups players by statistical strengths to surmise that a team effectively breaks down. For the mit sloan sports analytics conference a few weeks ago, stanford biomechanical engineering student and ayasdi analyst muthu alagappan presented his work on redefining basketball positions after studying players like lebron james and blake griffin, many analysts are now suggesting that there are new positions, which are simply hybrids of the ones we already had. Muthu alagappan, a 22yearold stanford undergrad, was crunching cancerrelated numbers for a data analysis firm when he got the idea to turn.
They exist to inform how well or how poorly a certain task is performed with the coldest precision. Alagappan began his basketball project when he was a consultant with ayasdi, a datavisualization firm in palo alto, california, whose iris platform creates 3d maps. Stanford student gaining cult status for rethinking nba. Muthu alagappan graduated from stanford university in 2012 with a major in biomechanical engineering. In 2012, an intern at ayasdi muthu alagappan gained instant fame by presenting the results of a side project he had been working on using ayasdi technology. Stanford student gaining cult status for rethinking nba philosophy. During college at stanford university, he began an internship at big data startup company ayasdi, where he leveraged their software on basketball statistics to determine distinct positions of play. Big data tools and sports become winning combination. Prior to medical school muthu worked as an analytics consultant for a technology startup, ayasdi, developing new healthcare applications of their technologies. See the complete profile on linkedin and discover muthu s connections and jobs at similar companies. Muthu alagappan networking hcl technologies linkedin. The image at left is a mathematical representation of the styles of all the players represented by dots in the nba. San antonio muthu alagappan always encounters the same problem whenever he shows up to play pickup basketball. Has ayasdi turned machine learning into a magic bullet.
He was presenting on behalf of ayasdi, a company run by stanford mathematicians, whose proprietary software is used by physicians, environmentalists, and the government to understand cancer, diabetes, and oil spills. Muthu alagappan arrived at stanford university with his heart set on attending medical school, and he still hopes to become a doctor someday. Muthu majored in biomechanical engineering at stanford university. See the complete profile on linkedin and discover muthu s. One intriguing emerging use of data in sports comes from muthu alagappan, a data whiz who wowed the basketball world with a presentation at. On a lark, he asked his boss if he could see what the software. Muthu alagappan was interning at ayasdi, a paloaltobased startup when, on a whim, decided to feed the companys proprietary data analysis software with nba stats. The houston native and longtime fan of the nba rockets developed a set of advanced statistical basketball metrics he groups players by statistical strengths as precise as rebounding threepoint attempts surmises that a team effectively breaks down to positions rather than five. View muthu alagappan s profile on linkedin, the worlds largest professional community. Tracy hughes of silicon valley sports ventures had a fireside chat with tim chang of mayfield fund and jef holove of basis. Rethinking hoops with advanced analytics mens college. Obama likes stanford grads hoops revolution theory the. Slate as someone who grew up on bill james, i love statistical analysis, but such analysis is only.
Stanford student gaining cult status for rethinking nba philosophy 20 june 20, by daniel brown muthu alagappan arrived at stanford university with his heart set on attending medical school, and. The warmer colors signify outstanding performance in a skill, such as rebounding, while the line segments connect players with similar performance in several skills. Alagappan muthu oracle hrms consultant wipro linkedin. Muthu alagappan arrived at stanford universit hoopshype.1035 805 916 169 1337 379 145 704 1494 1085 1313 75 1510 870 1283 1212 1596 242 575 768 1118 74 201 467 769 1444 1529 1199 550 607 416 256 822 232 320 1223 158 1048 565 1325