A systematic review of sport-related packages within the R CRAN repository

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Casals, Martí, Fernández, José, Martínez, Victor, Lopez, Michael, Langohr, Klaus and Cortés, Jordi. (2023). A systematic review of sport-related packages within the R CRAN repository. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching. 18(2), pp. 621-629. https://doi.org/10.1177/17479541221136238
AuthorsCasals, Martí, Fernández, José, Martínez, Victor, Lopez, Michael, Langohr, Klaus and Cortés, Jordi
Abstract

The sports statistics community is rapidly evolving. R is an open-source software in constant development that has gained a lot of popularity within statistical communities and sports analytics. This work presents a systematic review of the available R CRAN sport packages following PRISMA guidelines. We consider all packages active as of 18 February 2021. A total of 81 sport R packages created since 2006 were detected. Of these, 35.9% were authored by an American national, 69.1% include a dataset, 43.2% provide vignettes, and 65.4% have been updated at least once. The sport with the highest representation is basketball (n = 14, 17.3%), followed by soccer (n = 12, 14.8%) and packages related to physical activity (n = 11, 13.6%). There are no sports packages directed solely for the female gender, while 59.3% of packages are focused on professional athletes. Fifty packages (61.7%) are related to the sports performance analysis category, and web scraping (n = 43, 53.1%) was the main functionality in the collected packages. The creation of new R packages in the area of sports could help solve questions and tasks that still remain a challenge in this field, while continuing to help to improve the level of statistical education and computational thinking skills.

Keywordsdata analysis; sport analytics; statistical software
Year2023
JournalInternational Journal of Sports Science and Coaching
Journal citation18 (2), pp. 621-629
PublisherSAGE Publications
ISSN1747-9541
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/17479541221136238
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85142127736
Page range621-629
FunderSpanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (MICINN)
Departament d’Economia i Coneixement de la Generalitat de Catalunya
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Output statusPublished
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Online11 Nov 2022
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Deposited26 May 2023
Grant IDPID2019-104830RB-I00
2017 SGR 622 (GRBIO)
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