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Primeur weekly 2017-08-07

Focus

How to run scientific applications in parallel over 10 million cores or the Sunway TaihuLight at work ...

IBM quantum experience is moving from classical computing to exponential scale of problem solving ...

Exascale supercomputing

Argonne goes deep to crack cancer code ...

Quantum computing

Clarifiying complex chemical processes with quantum computers ...

Focus on Europe

Hazel Hen to perform millionth compute job ...

Artificial intelligence for human age-reversal ...

Discover the Mont-Blanc performance analysis tools: Paraver, Dimenas, and Extrae ...

IT4Innovations will have a new Director ...

Middleware

DDN pledges absolute support to the HPC community as many users are left in disarray with Seagate shutting down its ClusterStor business ...

Bright Computing supports Fayetteville State University in AI research ...

Hardware

IBM sets new record for magnetic tape storage; makes tape competitive for Cloud storage ...

CSRA's high performance computing expertise (HPC) will aid NIH in developing new advancements in medicine and cancer research ...

Research into ultrafast laser technology could increase network speeds tenfold ...

Radeon Pro WX 9100 and Radeon Pro SSG: AMD is defying convention to forge the future of professional content creation ...

Applications

Scientists explore ocean currents through supercomputer simulations ...

Are the world's highest paid football players overpaid? Big data says yes ...

NASA enhances online scientific tool used by hundreds worldwide ...

NSF issues awards to advance a national research infrastructure for neuroscience ...

$9 million grant will create neurotech research hub at Cornell ...

Brown to lead 'NeuroNex' centre for creating bioluminescent neuroscience tools ...

Decoding a treasure trove of data from the brain ...

New simulations could help in hunt for massive mergers of neutron stars, black holes ...

The future of search engines ...

Active machine learning for the discovery and crystallization of gigantic polyoxometalate molecules ...

Crowdsourcing for Medical Image Analysis wins Lorentz-eScience workshop competition ...

The Cloud

Solarflare opens market for 10 million firewalls per year with world's first NIC-based hardware server firewall ...

Oracle delivers next-generation Cloud Applications ...

Red Hat acquires Permabit assets, eases barriers to Cloud portability with data deduplication technology ...

Are the world's highest paid football players overpaid? Big data says yes

28 Jul 2017 Southfield - Some professional European football players are earning jaw-dropping salaries while other athletes on the same football pitch earn much less. This may lead many football fans, wondering if these athletes are worth such high paychecks. For example, FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi earns some hundreds of thousands more than other players.

In a recent study published in the International Journal of Computer Science in Sport , computer scientists Lara Yaldo and Lior Shamir from Lawrence Technological University in Michigan used machine learning and data science to analyze the salaries of 6,082 professional European football players. The salary of each player during the 2016-2017 season was compared to a comprehensive set of 55 attributes that reflect each player's skillset. These attributes include measurements related to performance, such as scoring and passing accuracy; behaviour, such as aggression and vision; and abilities, such as speed, acceleration, and ball control. The salaries and 55 attributes were combined into a single computational model that allowed the researchers to compute the salary of each player based on his skills, in comparison to the skills of all other players in the same field position.

The model showed that based on skills alone, Lionel Messi should be the world's highest paid football player, followed by Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez, Neymar, David De Gea, and Mesut Oezil. However, the model estimated Lionel Messi's salary at about 235,000 euro, less than half his actual weekly wage. That gap made Lionel Messi the world's most overpaid football player in comparison to his colleagues. Following Lionel Messi in the list of most overpaid players in 2016-2017 are Angel Di Maria, Robin Van Persie, Ivan Rakitic, and Nicolas Otamendi.

The study notes that the model is based on skills and performance on the field, and does not consider many other financial aspects affecting players' salaries such as broadcasting rights and merchandise sales. These aspects can dramatically motivate teams to compete for the services of star players, thus compensating them more generously.

The same computational model also showed that some players were fundamentally underpaid. Leading the list is Bernardo Silva, with over 100,000 euro difference between the salary computed by the model and his actual wage in Monaco during the season, before signing a new contract with Manchester City. Following Bernardo Silva as most underpaid players during the 2016-2017 season are Harry Kane, Granit Xhaka, Timo Horn, and Paco Alcacer.

Observing the skills of the 100 most overpaid and underpaid players showed that underpaid players are superior to overpaid players in their agility, acceleration, speed, balance, and their ability to track the position of the other players. On the other hand, the only advantage of the overpaid players compared to the underpaid players was their strength, showing that stronger players tend to be overpaid in comparison to their skills.

The study also showed that different leagues appreciate different skills. For instance, the time required for the player to respond to an event has a strong correlation with the salary in all major European leagues, but penalties and vision are more respected in the Bundesliga, and the preferred foot is a matter of higher concern in England and France compared to other leagues. Players with superior finishing and volleys abilities are more appreciated in the Spanish La Liga, and the ability to perform a sliding tackle will generally lead to a higher salary in the Italian Serie A.

In all leagues, the model had a strong link between the skills and salaries, showing that in most cases better skills lead to higher compensation to the athlete. The only exception was the Ekstraklasa, the first football division in Poland, in which the link between skills and salary is significantly weaker, and the highest impact on the salary is in fact the team in which the footballer plays.

While the "superstar effect" of highly paid players bring in the fans and contributes to the financial success of the team, increasing salary inequality is shown to have a negative effect on players' performances. The research suggests that if an objective quantitative method is used as a baseline and players know that the key for determining salaries is equal for everyone, it may have an impact on their performance. These methods may also help simplify the negotiation process and determine a uniform salary scale.

Source: Lawrence Technological University

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Primeur weekly 2017-08-07

Focus

How to run scientific applications in parallel over 10 million cores or the Sunway TaihuLight at work ...

IBM quantum experience is moving from classical computing to exponential scale of problem solving ...

Exascale supercomputing

Argonne goes deep to crack cancer code ...

Quantum computing

Clarifiying complex chemical processes with quantum computers ...

Focus on Europe

Hazel Hen to perform millionth compute job ...

Artificial intelligence for human age-reversal ...

Discover the Mont-Blanc performance analysis tools: Paraver, Dimenas, and Extrae ...

IT4Innovations will have a new Director ...

Middleware

DDN pledges absolute support to the HPC community as many users are left in disarray with Seagate shutting down its ClusterStor business ...

Bright Computing supports Fayetteville State University in AI research ...

Hardware

IBM sets new record for magnetic tape storage; makes tape competitive for Cloud storage ...

CSRA's high performance computing expertise (HPC) will aid NIH in developing new advancements in medicine and cancer research ...

Research into ultrafast laser technology could increase network speeds tenfold ...

Radeon Pro WX 9100 and Radeon Pro SSG: AMD is defying convention to forge the future of professional content creation ...

Applications

Scientists explore ocean currents through supercomputer simulations ...

Are the world's highest paid football players overpaid? Big data says yes ...

NASA enhances online scientific tool used by hundreds worldwide ...

NSF issues awards to advance a national research infrastructure for neuroscience ...

$9 million grant will create neurotech research hub at Cornell ...

Brown to lead 'NeuroNex' centre for creating bioluminescent neuroscience tools ...

Decoding a treasure trove of data from the brain ...

New simulations could help in hunt for massive mergers of neutron stars, black holes ...

The future of search engines ...

Active machine learning for the discovery and crystallization of gigantic polyoxometalate molecules ...

Crowdsourcing for Medical Image Analysis wins Lorentz-eScience workshop competition ...

The Cloud

Solarflare opens market for 10 million firewalls per year with world's first NIC-based hardware server firewall ...

Oracle delivers next-generation Cloud Applications ...

Red Hat acquires Permabit assets, eases barriers to Cloud portability with data deduplication technology ...