The Math Behind Basketball’s Wildest Moves

In a 2015 TedX conference, Rajiv Maheswaran detailed how often and to what extent movement occurs on a basketball court, both in the professional levels and in local recreational leagues. In his presentation, he transformed the digital image of basketball players into “moving dots” to lessen the complications that could ensue from using digital images of humans as a way of presenting his information. Maheswaran and his colleagues possess a program that can analyze how people move in specific situations. The speech that he proclaims to the audience targets people who happen to be curious in how things move in different speeds and in different directions in order to accommodate the needs of modern society. By presenting his knowledge at a TedX conference, Maheswaran is achieving his goal of spreading awareness in how advanced analyzations of movement can provide the world with many benefits.

I myself, as a lover of basketball, found Maheswaran’s presentation very intriguing. Through the use of advanced programming, his machines are capable of producing knowledge that human statisticians are incapable of doing. As a basketball player, I think that his findings can help organizations across all levels of basketball succeed in their respective competitions. With the direction that our world is heading in, I wouldn’t be surprised if coaches opt to utilize the types of machines Maheswaran described as a part of their coaching strategies. After all, the TedX website goes as far as vouching for Maheswaran by stating that “Rajiv Maheswaran and his colleagues are analyzing the movements behind the key plays of the game, to help coaches and players combine intuition with new data.”

An asset in the hands of Maheswaran is the manner in which he uses persuasive techniques to entice the audience to agree with his claims. He uses ethos, or credibility, to his advantage. Combine the fact that he is the CEO and co-founder of the company “Second Spectrum”, with the fact that he implements gestures and a friendly speaking tone, allows Maheswaran to establish a trusting and inquisitive relationship between himself and the audience. Maheswaran demonstrates a strong use of pathos by informing the audience of the multiple positive effects that his company’s product can have on humanity, which leads the audience to feel optimistic for the future of not just the world, but also for how their own personal lives could be benefitted as well.

video link: “The Math Behind Basketball’s Wildest Moves”

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