Notre Dame Football Predictor

I have written a Java applet which is an interface to a neural network which predicts which offensive play the Notre Dame Football team will run under any given situation. The network takes data which describes the game "situation" and returns the probabilities that each of 15 different offensive plays will be run. So far, the network is only trained to predict offensive plays for Notre Dame and for data from the last two years that Lou Holtz was head coach. The program is not yet "optimized" in any sense, but still does well predicting plays. I haven't completely compiled the results yet, but for the games on which I've tested the program, it's predicting ability is remarkably accurate.

It may take about a minute to download the program. If nothing happens after a couple of minutes, and all you see is a big empty grey box, then it's time for some troubleshooting.

If you can't figure how to run the program, instructions are available. The only thing that may not be self-evident, is that you can reposition the football and first down line by dragging them with the mouse.

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Last updated: November 14, 1996.