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Curve Ball: Baseball, Statistics, and the Role of Chance in the Game (Revised Ed)

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"... a smart and energetic collection of essays on baseball statistics. Curve Ball doesn't play misty-eyed homage to baseball's traditions and conventional wisdoms.... This is great stuff.... Curve Ball makes clear how pleasurable [stats] can be, and arguably how important, to view the great American game with real precision." — The Wall Street Journal "Rating: 4.5 out of 5. Must own!" — Baseballnotebook.com "In [Curve Ball] Albert & Bennett explain the game in ways the conventional press - even titans such as Bill James - cannot." — Baseball America "[The book] illustrates how statistical reasoning can be useful in teasing out the role of chance from performance in baseball to better assess ability.... Curve Ball represents another advance in the genre of baseball and statistics books." — Journal of the American Statistical Association There is a fascination among baseball fans and the media to collect data on every imaginable event during a baseball game and to use these data to try to understand characteristics of the game. But patterns in baseball data are difficult to detect due to the inherent chance variation that is present. This book addresses a number of questions that are of interest to many baseball fans - including how to rate players, predict the outcome of a game or the attainment of an attainment, make sense of situational data, and decide the most valuable players in the World Series. Curve Ball is directed to a general audience and does not assume that the reader has any prior background in probability or statistics, although knowledge of high school algebra will be helpful.

Synopsis:

A look at baseball data from a statistical modeling perspective! There is a fascination among baseball fans and the media to collect data on every imaginable event during a baseball game and this book addresses a number of questions that are of interest to many baseball fans. These include how to rate players, predict the outcome of a game or the attainment of an achievement, making sense of situational data, and deciding the most valuable players in the World Series. Aimed at a general audience, the text does not assume any prior background in probability or statistics, although a knowledge of high school abgebra will be helpful.

Synopsis:

In this lively and thought-provoking look at the numbers, Jim Albert and Jay Bennett examine just what we learn, and just what we think we learn, from baseball statistics. Winner of a 2001 SABR award for its contribution to the study of baseball statistics, this new paperback edition is expanded and revised.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition; Introduction; Ch01: Simple Models from Tabletop Baseball Games; Ch02: Exploring Baseball Data; Ch03: Introducing Probability; Ch04: Situational Effects; Ch05: Streakiness (Or, The Hot Hand); Ch06: Measuring Offensive Performance; Ch07: Average Runs per Play; Ch08: The Curvature of Baseball; Ch09: Making Sense of Baseball Strategy; Ch10: Measuring Clutch Play; Ch11: Prediction; Ch12: Did the Best Team Win?; Ch13: Post-Game Comments (A Brief Afterword); Appendix: Baseball Games; Glossary; Bibliography; Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780387001937
Author:
Albert, Jim
Publisher:
Copernicus Books
Author:
Bennett, Jay
Location:
New York, NY
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Baseball - General
Subject:
Baseball
Subject:
Baseball - Statistics
Subject:
Popular Science in Mathematics/Computer Science/Natural Science/Technology
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Statistics/General
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Baseball Reference
Subject:
General Mathematics
Subject:
Language, literature and biography
Subject:
Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
Subject:
Mathematics
Subject:
Statistics
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1st ed. 2001. 1st softcover printing
Series Volume:
Baseball, Statistics
Publication Date:
20030408
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
235 x 155 mm 720 gr

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Product details 368 pages Copernicus Books - English 9780387001937 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A look at baseball data from a statistical modeling perspective! There is a fascination among baseball fans and the media to collect data on every imaginable event during a baseball game and this book addresses a number of questions that are of interest to many baseball fans. These include how to rate players, predict the outcome of a game or the attainment of an achievement, making sense of situational data, and deciding the most valuable players in the World Series. Aimed at a general audience, the text does not assume any prior background in probability or statistics, although a knowledge of high school abgebra will be helpful.
"Synopsis" by , In this lively and thought-provoking look at the numbers, Jim Albert and Jay Bennett examine just what we learn, and just what we think we learn, from baseball statistics. Winner of a 2001 SABR award for its contribution to the study of baseball statistics, this new paperback edition is expanded and revised.
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