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Genre/Form: | Statistics |
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Document Type: | Book |

All Authors / Contributors: |
Max Marchi; Jim Albert |

ISBN: | 9781466570221 1466570229 |

OCLC Number: | 796749730 |

Description: | xvii, 333 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm. |

Contents: | The Baseball Datasets Introduction The Lahman Database: Season-by-Season DataRetrosheet Game-by-Game DataRetrosheet Play-by-Play Data Pitch-by-Pitch DataIntroduction to R Introduction Installing R and RStudio VectorsObjects and Containers in R Collection of R Commands Reading and Writing Data in R Data Frames Packages Splitting, Applying, and Combining DataTraditional Graphics Introduction Factor Variable Saving Graphs Dot Plots Numeric Variable: Stripchart and Histogram Two Numeric Variables A Numeric Variable and a Factor Variable Comparing Ruth, Aaron, Bonds, and A-RodThe 1998 Home Run RaceThe Relation between Runs and Wins Introduction The Teams Table in Lahman's Database Linear Regression The Pythagorean Formula for Winning Percentage The Exponent in the Pythagorean Formula Good and Bad Predictions by the Pythagorean Formula How Many Runs for a Win? Value of Plays Using Run Expectancy The Runs Expectancy Matrix Runs Scored in the Remainder of the Inning Creating the Matrix Measuring Success of a Batting Play Albert Pujols Opportunity and Success for All Hitters Position in the Batting Lineup Run Values of Different Base Hits Value of Base StealingAdvanced Graphics IntroductionThe lattice PackageThe ggplot2 PackageBalls and Strikes Effects Introduction Hitter's Counts and Pitcher's CountsBehaviors by CountCareer Trajectories Introduction Mickey Mantle's Batting Trajectory Comparing TrajectoriesGeneral Patterns of Peak Ages Trajectories and Fielding PositionSimulation IntroductionSimulating a Half InningSimulating a Baseball SeasonExploring Streaky Performances Introduction The Great Streak Streaks in Individual At-Bats Local Patterns of Weighted On-Base AverageLearning about Park Effects by Database Management Tools Introduction Installing MySQL and Creating a Database Connecting R to MySQL Filling a MySQL Game Log Database from RQuerying Data from R Baseball Data as MySQL Dumps Calculating Basic Park FactorsExploring Fielding Metrics with Contributed R Packages Introduction A Motivating Example: Comparing Fielding MetricsComparing Two ShortstopsAppendix A: Retrosheet Files ReferenceAppendix B: Accessing and Using MLBAM Gameday and PITCHf/x DataBibliography IndexFurther Reading and Exercises appear at the end of each chapter. |

Series Title: | Chapman & Hall/CRC the R series (CRC Press) |

Responsibility: | Max Marchi, Jim Albert. |

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## Reviews

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"There are some great resources out there for learning R and for learning how to analyze baseball data with it. In fact, a few pretty smart people wrote a fantastic book on the subject, coincidentally titled Analyzing Baseball Data with R. I can't say enough about this book as a reference, both for baseball analysis and for R. Go and buy it."-Bill Petti, The Hardball Times, September 2015"The authors present a potpourri of well-conceived case-studies that give insight into both the game's complexity and R's simplicity. Virtually no previous knowledge of statistical theory and software is required to master the data analyses and to follow the explications in this book ... The authors' style of writing is pleasurable and bespeaks their passion for the game. Narratives and R commands are so smoothly intermingled that the source code hardly disturbs the flow of reading, and a wealth of graphs break up the grey. ... A great asset of the book is that it encourages the reader to learn the ropes of sabermetrics by actually running the example analyses on one's own computer."-Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A, 2015"If you are interested in statistics, especially baseball statistics, you will find this book fascinating and very useful. It provides many details. websites, and useful descriptions for using the R programming environment. This is not only a book on statistics; there are many references to famous player statistics, making this a very enjoyable book to read. And even if you don't like baseball but still find statistics very exciting, then this book provides a great introduction to R that can be used for any other type of statistical data set."-IEEE Insulation Magazine, November/December 2014"I have spent most of the past decade working in baseball as a statistical analyst for the New York Mets. ... This type of employment can be highly valued, especially among quantitatively inclined college students who are coincidentally passionate baseball fans. It is from these students from whom I am most frequently asked, `what book would you recommend for someone who wants to get started in sabermetrics?' Invariably, my response has been [Jim Albert and Jay Bennett's] Curve Ball. I have a new response. ...I always felt that Curve Ball was the best place for a budding sabermetrician to start ... However, it later dawned on me that while Curve Ball provided a sound framework for thinking probabilistically about baseball, I devoted a huge proportion of my time at work to computer programming. ...In their new book, Albert and Max Marchi, a native Italian who now works for the Cleveland Indians, have closed the loop by offering the aspiring sabermetrician a blueprint. ... The reader who digests this book alongside her keyboard will emerge as a practicing sabermetrician-having knowledge of the key ideas in sabermetric theory, a historical understanding of from whence those ideas came, and the practical ability to compute with baseball data. It is a sabermetric workshop in paperback."-Ben S. Baumer, International Statistical Review (2014), 82 Read more...

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