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Embedding the language of football using NLP

I’m thrilled to share with you my first post for Towards Data Science - “Embedding the language of football using NLP”. Within this work, I combine two of my biggest passions - football and data science - and try to model the language we love and use every day: the language of football. Leveraging state-of-the-art algorithms and StatsBomb data, I use the model to describe actions and players, and understand their place in the football semantic space. It is the first step in research yet to be continued to model this world. This whole process was pure fun, and I hope you’ll enjoy reading it.


All figures also available in the interactive version here


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