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Visualizing baseball

Author: Jim Albert
Publisher: Boca Raton : CRC Press, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A collection of graphs will be used to explore the game of baseball. Graphical displays will be used to show how measures of batting and pitching performance have changed over time, to explore the career trajectories of players, to understand the importance of the pitch count, and to see the patterns of speed, movement, and location of different types of pitches. Each chapter would consist of a series of graphs
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Statistics
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Albert, Jim, 1953-
Visualizing baseball.
Boca Raton : CRC Press, 2017
(DLC) 2017027690
(OCoLC)999672082
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jim Albert
ISBN: 9781351370226 1351370227
OCLC Number: 1005506912
Description: 1 online resource (x, 142 pages)
Contents: History of baseball --
Career trajectories --
Runs expectancy --
The count --
PITCHf/x data --
Batted balls --
Plate discipline --
Probability and modeling --
Streakiness and clutch play.
Other Titles: Baseball
Responsibility: James Albert.

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"A collection of graphs will be used to explore the game of baseball. Graphical displays will be used to show how measures of batting and pitching performance have changed over time, to explore the career trajectories of players, to understand the importance of the pitch count, and to see the patterns of speed, movement, and location of different types of pitches. Each chapter would consist of a series of graphs together with paragraphs of description and explanation so the reader fully understands the variables, any statistical methods, and the message communicated by the graphic."--Provided by publisher.

Visualizing Baseball provides a visual exploration of the game of baseball. Graphical displays are used to show how measures of performance, at the team level and the individual level, have changed over the history of baseball. Graphs of career trajectories are helpful for understanding the rise and fall of individual performances of hitters and pitchers over time. One can measure the contribution of plays by the notion of runs expectancy. Graphs of runs expectancy are useful for understanding the importance of the game situation defined by the runners on base and number of outs. Also the runs measure can be used to quantify hitter and pitch counts and the win probabilities can be used to define the exciting plays during a baseball game. Special graphs are used to describe pitch data from the PitchFX system and batted ball data from the Statcast system. One can explore patterns of streaky performance and clutch play by the use of graphs, and special plots are used to predict final season batting averages based on data from the middle of the season. This book was written for several types of readers. Many baseball fans should be interested in the topics of the chapters, especially those who are interested in learning more about the quantitative side of baseball. Many statistical ideas are illustrated and so the graphs and accompanying insights can help in promoting statistical literacy at many levels. From a practitioner's perspective, the chapters offer many illustrations of the use of a modern graphics system and R scripts are available on an accompanying website to reproduce and potentially improve the graphs in this book.

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Jim Albert has a new book out. It's called Visualizing Baseball and it's a treat. It is a pretty short book-just 135 pages-and many of those pages are filled with graphs rather than text. Jim is Read more...

 
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