James WilloughbyRacing UK
Current role in racing
Analyst, Racing UK
How/Why I use Proform
Proform has improved my understanding of the sport many times over by providing a fully comprehensive data-set that enables me to run analyses of every conceivable aspect of racing. The search engine has superb utility and is enough for virtually every task; yet I can also use the in-built facility to export data and build win probability models in my chosen programming language.
In short, it provides for every level of interest and takes you with it as you grow in understanding. The excellent tutorials provided on the site are the beginning - I haven't yet discovered the end.
Proform doesn't just provide you with answers to the kind of questions with which you are already familiar; it exposes the limitations of racing statistics provided in the media. You will learn about the importance of sample-size and the extent to which statistics are predictive of future events, rather than merely a random sample of the past; soon you will find the objective value of numbers - not the lazy subjective pedalled by the media - and come to appreciate that, properly analysed - the figures never lie.
If you care about the acquisition of true knowledge through data, rather than just meaningless trends, Proform is a tool you should have.