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Stats Centre, 9th Edition Analytics, and Me

Hey folks, it's your bird, the Falcon, coming to you live and in color from the depths of the Frozen North with a bit of an update on the Stats Centre podcast, some recommendations, and some rambling thoughts on where we are now in the meta, where I expect we'll go and what I'd like to see.

First off, in Stats Centre news you may have noticed Val and I have gone pretty dark. We prepped an episode for release a few weeks ago but as Covid cases have begun to spike once again the world over and our personal lives have spiked in stress in one form or another it's been hard to justify musing out loud about events that are happening. Even countries that had previously been doing well are going back into various forms of lockdown and it just doesn't quite feel right.

With that in mind, I do need to say that we haven't stopped caring about the game or the numbers behind it. I'm still tracking events week to week and will continue to update the results here as they come in, and I will still be pouring over trends to get an idea of where the general community is headed. Val and I will still be doing our normal podcast rotations to talk about whatever suits our fancy, maybe even 40k related things, and there are some behind the scenes projects lining up that I'm hoping deliver some welcome surprises. We'll be back in good time when we feel things have calmed down again to bring you all the hot 40k goss from the competitive scene and, more importantly, to make fun of Nick Rose.

In the past few months of active 40k, I've had the pleasure of discussing the current state of the game, and the importance (or sometimes perceived lack thereof) of having statistics available in this time. The work that groups like Goonhammer, Best Coast Pairings, and the ITC Battles APP have put in in order to provide us with the type of granularity we are seeing now is exactly the stuff I dreamed we'd be doing 2 and a half years ago when I started on this journey. The fact we are almost at the point where we can decisively track things like going first, mission secondaries (by round even!), and list loadouts without a tremendous amount of manual scraping warms my heart to no end. It is a dream come true, and one that I hope will be fully realized in time for events to fully ramp up around the world. I cannot wait for where we'll be when we come out the other side of this.

In other news, I just wanted to touch on one of my inspirations for the analytics work I try to do. Some of you may have seen that I've been plugging Cassie Kozyrkov's Youtube Channel wherever I've been able. If you want to get into statistics or analytics I cannot recommend anyone else as a starting off point. Her simplified approach to explaining everything from basic statistic philosophies to deeper AI and Machine Learning are just incredible. If you're looking for something to watch on the subject or just want to know why I feel the way I do about the numbers and the discussions around them, give her a listen.

That's all for now, hopefully in the next week or so I'll be able to put together a deep dive in written form on where the game currently is. Stay safe amigos.

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