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Moneyballing: How To Use Data to Win At Fantasy Football - Presented by Cloudera

555 SW Oak Street
Portland, OR 97204, USA (map)

Access Notes

Head to the Plaza set of elevators in the US Bank building (towards Oak & 5th). Wait by the set of elevators and we’ll have folks coming down regularly to bring people up to our secure 3rd floor.




Participants in fantasy football leagues manage teams by acquiring and trading players. Using predictive models based on historical data improves team selection and performance. 

In this talk we will use managing a fantasy football team as an example of how to integrate disparate data sources and make predictions based on complex event histories. 

We'll cover:

● Modeling data for building predictive models about individuals.

● Integrating disparate data sources.

● Applying portfolio optimization theory to player selection.

● Translating subjective knowledge of domain into a rigorous improvement of a predictive model.

A raffle drawing will be organized, courtesy of O'Reilly's Strata + Hadoop World Conference, for a chance to win O'Reilly's Books!

Meetup members also receive a 20% discount to Strata + Hadoop World 2015 by using this link http://oreil.ly/UGSJ15 and your unique code PBDG20.


6:00 – 6:30 welcome and networking

6:30 – 7:15 Presentation by Juliet Hougland

7:15 – 7:30 Raffle Drawing sponsored by O'Reilly

7:30 – 8:15 Pizza, Drinks & Discussion


Juliet Hougland recently joined Cloudera’s data science team. Juliet spent the last 3 years working on a variety of Big Data applications from e-commerce recommendations to predictive analytics for oil and gas pipelines. She holds an MS in Applied Mathematics from University of Colorado, Boulder and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Reed College with a BA in Math-Physics.


Cloudera is the presenter of the event and the sponsor for food and drinks!

Webtrends is the official host of the event.

The Strata + Hadoop World conference is providing the discount code & the O'Reilly book raffle.

Talend is the event organizer.

Pulehu Pizza is providing their delicious thin crust pizza!