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Re(3): Jai Alai Player Metrics

Thanks,Perry and Armenta for sharing some of your insights.Once again in this dreamworld
database where every point played is documented by a scorekeeper that categorizes points
between serves,normal rotation points and possible game points and how the point was won or lost
you could produce a lot of good data about each player as a % of total points played:

1.win %
2.% won by a (clean) kill shot.Also,perhaps what type of kill shot.
3.%lost by an unforced error
4.% won at game point.This would be one of my favorites since it identifies who is a good "closer".

A lot of this data allows you to compare and contrast players.Imagine using this data to compare
different players.For example,two really good players like Erik and Diego.I'm guessing that Erik
has a significantly better win % than Diego because he makes very few unforced errors and is a
better "closer" than Diego.Howver,Diego probably has a better kill shot % than Erik.We can all
express opinions about this from watching them play but the data would produce facts not opinions.
Imagine also comparing a really good player to a bad player.The data would tell us why.

Besides comparing players this data would be very valuable in betting trifectas.In computer
simulations that model the game a key requirement is an accurate win % that is entered for each
player in the simulation.Further,you could vary the input win % depending on who the opponent is.
For example,when Arrieta plays Zulaika what are the respective win % when playing against each
other in singles?

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