Squared 2020 is a blog maintained and operated by statistician Justin Jacobs. This blog is primarily used to show how different types of statistical and analytical methods can be used in development and analysis of basketball analytics. Justin is a member of the American Statistical Association, a former NCAA basketball player, and is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering; the highest STEM award for statisticians offered by the U.S. Government.

A PhD graduate in Statistics from the University of Maryland – Baltimore County and MS graduate in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Justin served for nearly a decade as a research statistician in the Department of Defense. Currently, Justin is a Principal Research Statistician at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California. Justin’s research efforts are in spatio-temporal statistics, manifold learning, ranking analytics, streaming analysis, and recommender systems. Justin’s work has led to over 30 publications within the Department of Defense and a patent on pseduo-GPS methods. The views and commentary of this blog are strictly Dr. Jacobs’ own and does not reflects the views or opinions of his employers.

As a former collegiate player and statistician, Justin leverages his knowledge in both areas to create basketball analytics; as well as identify the statistical and mathematical properties of mainstream advanced analytics to identify areas of improvement, uncover misunderstood quantities, and establish rationale for using the analytics in question. While never serving as a member of a Front Office staff, Justin has worked with four NBA Front Offices over the previous 5 years in the areas of spatio-temporal analysis, analytic evaluation, and analytic development. Also during this time, Justin has worked with two NCAA teams between 2014 and 2016 on developing metrics for understanding player movement and rotation quality in games.

Justin is also a Sacramento Kings fan. Feel free to rag on his allegiance at any time; but be sure to check out games at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento!

Justin always encourages collaboration! Please feel free to message comments, discussion, or questions to Justin at justin@squared2020.com



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