A Kick of Productivity for Teams: Determining Effective Teamwork

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Bressler, Kristen
Ishibashi, Reina
Mancini, Ethan
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Applied Mathematics
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A Kick of Productivity for Teams: Determining Effective Teamwork
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Teamwork is greatly valued in our society where human interactions are expected. How well one can work with others can determine the success of not only the individual but also the team. Successful teams have a conglomerate of different skills and qualities that blend well when used together. This presentation explains the process of producing a model that can identify attributes of successful teams. Using the given data on the Huskies soccer team, a network diagram is created to examine the relationship among the players in the same team as well as among the opponents. Adjacency matrices, centrality, and transitivity are used to identify the strength of the players during the games. These values lead to finding out how much each player contributed to the game. Furthermore, the sparest cut determines how many subsystems were present during each game. A binomial model is used to predict the outcome of the Huskies team in the future. This model takes into consideration the network strength, as well as, the sparest cut for both the Huskies and the opponent on top of the average centrality and transitivity of the Huskies.The findings from the Huskies data is used to make recommendations for the team in the future. It is also generalized to make statements about effective qualities of teamwork that can be used with any type of group. One solution is to have strengths in areas where other teams are not as successful. This will give the team a chance to use their strengths to their advantage. However, the opposite can be said as well. Teams need to watch out for their opponents targeting their weaknesses. Overall, a strong network centrality will ensure good teamwork within groups.
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