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Anthology of Statistics in Sports (ASA-SIAM Series on Statistics and Applied Probability) Paperback – April 27, 2005
Sport and statistics collide in this collection of articles (from American Statistical Association publications) on using statistics to analyze sport. Most of the articles will be accessible to readers with a general knowledge of statistics. New material from the editors and other notable contributors introduces each section of the book.
About the Author
About the Editors: Jim Albert is a Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at Bowling Green State University. His research interests include Bayesian inference and model selection for generalized linear models, statistical education, and the application of statistical methods to sports. He is a Fellow of the ASA and is a member of the Mathematical Association of America. Jay Bennett is a Principal Scientist with Telcordia Technologies and has experience in traffic engineering, network reliability, and software reliability. His research interests include quality of service metrics and applications of statistical methods to sports and entertainment. He is a Fellow of the ASA and is active in the ASA Section on Statistics in Sports. James J. Cochran is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Marketing and Analysis at Louisiana Tech University. His research interests include statistical methods (particularly general linear models), statistical learning, and stochastic combinatorial optimization. He is a past President of the ASA Section on Statistics in Sports and the current President of the INFORMS Section on OR in Sports.
Top customer reviews
Baseball is the easiest of the "major" sports to submit to statistical analysis, and it receives the most varied attention here, with entries relevant to the statistical independence of half-innings from one another, the impact of a game event on the probability of a victory or defeat, how uninformative most "breakdown indices" such as performance with runners in scoring position are, and why we can't do much with batting performance over a small number of at bats, and comparisons of performance over decades of play, among others. Football is only represented by articles on prediction of game outcomes and field goal kicking; basketball by prediction of tournament outcomes and "the hot hand" (I found the three on the latter topic particularly interesting); hockey by team ratings, Stanley Cup playoff outcomes, and a very provocative piece comparing overtime with shootouts for deciding ties, and soccer by team ratings and the effect of player ejection on the odds of winning.
After re-reading the book, I can't understand why Dr. Cochran has not been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
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