SlamTracker Explained: Brought to you by Wimbledon Insights

IBM’s SlamTracker provides a wealth of live scores and statistics during Wimbledon.

IBM’s SlamTracker provides a wealth of live scores and statistics during Wimbledon. In this video, IBM IT Specialist David Provan and Client Technical Advisor Siobhan Nicholson outline how SlamTracker has given fans a much deeper view of the game of tennis. Using graphics to present detailed statistics in an attractive and easy to read way, SlamTracker can give fans, players and broadcasters new perspectives through which to enjoy and assess the game. Through analysing years of past performance data (over 41 million data points), SlamTracker can also indicate the three most important things a player needs to do to beat their opponent. SlamTracker can present between 15 and 25 parameters for each point in real time, ranging from how the ball was served to to the current positive social sentiment for each player. For the wider business community, the ability to take live operational data and compare it with social media sentiment can give new insights enabling better business decisions.

A year on from the Spending Review, the coalition's soothsayer has emerged to offer another gloomy economic prognosis. Asked by ITV News whether he could promise that there wouldn't be a double-dip recession, Vince Cable replied: "I can't do that.

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Is anyone prepared to solve the NHS funding crisis?

As long as the political taboo on raising taxes endures, the service will be in financial peril. 

It has long been clear that the NHS is in financial ill-health. But today's figures, conveniently delayed until after the Conservative conference, are still stunningly bad. The service ran a deficit of £930m between April and June (greater than the £820m recorded for the whole of the 2014/15 financial year) and is on course for a shortfall of at least £2bn this year - its worst position for a generation. 

Though often described as having been shielded from austerity, owing to its ring-fenced budget, the NHS is enduring the toughest spending settlement in its history. Since 1950, health spending has grown at an average annual rate of 4 per cent, but over the last parliament it rose by just 0.5 per cent. An ageing population, rising treatment costs and the social care crisis all mean that the NHS has to run merely to stand still. The Tories have pledged to provide £10bn more for the service but this still leaves £20bn of efficiency savings required. 

Speculation is now turning to whether George Osborne will provide an emergency injection of funds in the Autumn Statement on 25 November. But the long-term question is whether anyone is prepared to offer a sustainable solution to the crisis. Health experts argue that only a rise in general taxation (income tax, VAT, national insurance), patient charges or a hypothecated "health tax" will secure the future of a universal, high-quality service. But the political taboo against increasing taxes on all but the richest means no politician has ventured into this territory. Shadow health secretary Heidi Alexander has today called for the government to "find money urgently to get through the coming winter months". But the bigger question is whether, under Jeremy Corbyn, Labour is prepared to go beyond sticking-plaster solutions. 

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.