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Elizabeth Campolongo, Ranthony Edmonds, Chaya Norton


Special teams play can significantly impact the outcome of a game in the National Football League (NFL). The rising use of advanced metrics and data analytics in American football can help NFL analysts and coaches better understand what features influence special teams play, which has been relatively limited to date. This project applied Topological Data Analysis (TDA) to develop a metric for quantifying special teams plays. In addition to the features provided by the NFL as part of the 2022 NFL Big Data Bowl Challenge, we engineerd features such as the trajectory of the football and “kicker core distance,” a metric we designed to measure the pressure applied to a kicker, to understand their impact on play results.

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