With the season behind us, I thought it would be a good idea to summarize the updates and new features I added to the website over the last 2-3 months. Most of them are a little hidden and not everyone will immediately see them or even be aware they are available. It’s probably useful to give a quick overview.
I added histograms for all athlete and team pages (which previously only had line chart or box plot visualizations). I think it’s an interesting addition, particularly for shooting percentages, or to give a better overview of shooting pace and skiing speed distributions. Just like line charts, you can directly compare two athletes.
A histogram is an approximate representation of the distribution of numerical data. In a histogram, each bar groups numbers into ranges. Taller bars show that more data falls in that range. A histogram displays the shape and spread of continuous sample data.
Ski Speed per Loop
Some athletes seem to get faster over the course of a race, while others appear to tire more quickly than the field. To quantify this a little better and find out who has particularly strong final laps, I calculated the ski speed (back from top 30 median) for each of the 3/5 ski loops. You can visualize them either as box plots or line charts (for overall career, per season, per discipline, etc).
For all races, you can now compare two athletes directly. All time data (course times, shooting times, range times, etc.) is visualized through a diverging bar chart, while some other data (shooting intervals, hits/misses) are shown side by side in a table.
All race pages (since 2010–11) now have direct links to the Eurovision Sports website which hosts the official IBU videos. If available, the links usual include race replay, press conference, highlights and zeroing. For Olympic races, I linked videos from Olympic.org.
Bonus content for patrons
- New data set of World Cup prize money: For all seasons since 2003–04, as well as cumulative all-time biathlon prize money data (since 2004).
- Improved Comparison page: You can now compare stats not only season-to-season, but also by World Cup trimesters within a season. For example: This season’s ski speed changes January to March
- Stats for each World Cup venue: You can look up all podium finishers, shooting results, shooting times and skiing stats for each World Cup location. I also added weather info for each race. Most data can be visualized.
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