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Paris Saint-Germain and l'X launch a data challenge about sports

Paris Saint-Germain and École Polytechnique launch the "Sports Analytics Challenge", an elite project that invites candidates from all over the world to take part in a data science and sports performance challenge.

Paris Saint-Germain and École Polytechnique launch the "Sports Analytics Challenge", a data science and sports performance challenge

Thousands of students worldwide are invited to take part in a data challenge to join a team of researchers at École Polytechnique in Paris and work alongside the Paris Saint-Germain Performance Department. 

On March 4th, Paris Saint-Germain and École Polytechnique launched the "Sports Analytics Challenge", an elite project that invites candidates from all over the world to take part in a data science and sports performance challenge. This project, which associates a teaching and research establishment with a sports club, is a unique and innovative idea for exploring the ways in which big data can be used to improve sports performance. At the end of this challenge, the winning data analyst will join École Polytechnique to work in close collaboration with Paris Saint-Germain.

Algorithms for analyzing and improving performance

Over a ten-week period, participants will be asked to study the OPTA data provided and answer questions from the club's experts about sports performance. They must demonstrate their ability to respond to these questions by developing algorithms that generate the raw data for recommendations that could help optimize the sports performance of the club's first team.

Following this selection process, five finalists will be invited to present their project to Paris Saint-Germain experts and École Polytechnique researchers during the second edition of "Striving for Excellence", the club's international conference dedicated to sports performance, which will be held at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on May 20-21, 2019.

The most brilliant analyst, whose project fulfils the requirements of the judges, will be awarded a grant from the club to carry out a research project in École Polytechnique's Centre for Applied Mathematics.

>More informations about the challenge, here.

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Science and sport at École polytechnique 
In 2018, École Polytechnique embarked on an ambitious project to carry out top-level scientific research in the fields of sports and parasports, in view of the 2024 Paris Olympics. Their aim is to become a worldwide leader in these fields, by developing scientific collaborations with the best academic institutions and joining forces with elite sports partners.