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SSAC 14: What does it take to call a strike?

Have you ever thought that umpires are a bit too willing to call strikes when the count is 3-0?  Or, perhaps, you’ve noticed that umpires rarely call strikes when the count is 0-2?  In this very clear paper,  Etan Green … Continue reading

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SSAc 2014: Baseball Analytics: The Next Frontier

I chose to attend this because it featured Nate Silver.  I am anxiously awaiting the new fivethiryeight.com, and hoped that some spoilers/ previews would leak out form the conversation: No dice. This was one of the only sports panels I … Continue reading

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SSAC 14: 10,000 Hours vs. The Sports Gene: A conversation with Malcolm Gladwell and David Epstein

This debate/ panel discussion was one of the highlights of the conference for me. Both were wickedly bright, thoughtful authors who fleshed out compelling arguments for their side.  As many readers of Malcolm Gladwell know, he is known best for … Continue reading

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SSAC: Teaching the Next Generation of Sports Analysts

MY take on the session:  I was grateful that there was at least some interest in thinking about how to teach sports analytics. The field is extremely new in academia, and currently has no real “core:”  It’s a multidisciplinary field; … Continue reading

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SSAC: The Hot hand: A new approach to an old “fallacy.”

So thanks to my wonderful school, I was given another opportunity to attend the MIT / Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.  This year, I am spending most of the first day attending research papers. Whle the panel discussions definitely have some … Continue reading

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Statistics, Sports and School: It’s On!

Hi all: Well, “Statistics, Sports and School” is underway. This post is an place to learn more about the course without me jabbering on too long.  Here are some useful files. Syllabus for SSS 2013_2014 The student Blog for “Statistics … Continue reading

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SSS: Testing for a real Home Field Advantage

So as I continue doing research for my course,  I decided to jump into the vast database at http://www.pro-football-reference.com  and answer a very simple question: Is there convincing evidence that the Denver Broncos have an advantage when playing at their home … Continue reading

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