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Statistical thinking in sports

Author: Ruud H Koning; Jim Albert
Publisher: Boca Raton, Fla. : Chapman & Hall/CRC, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Covering an international collection of sports, Statistical Thinking in Sports provides an accessible survey of current research in statistics and sports, written by experts from a variety of arenas. Rather than relying on casual observation, they apply the rigorous tools of statistics to re-examine many of those concepts that have gone from belief to fact, based mostly on the repetition of their claims."--Jacket.
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Genre/Form: Statistics
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ruud H Koning; Jim Albert
ISBN: 9781584888680 1584888687
OCLC Number: 123390918
Description: xii, 298 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction / Jim Albert and Ruud H. Koning --
Modelling the development of world records in running / Gerard H. Kuper and Elmer Sterken --
The physics and evolution of Olympic winning performances / Ray Stefani --
Competitive balance in national European soccer competitions / Marco Haan, Ruud H. Koning, and Arjen van Witteloostuijn --
Statistical analysis of the effectiveness of the FIFA world rankings / Ian McHale and Stephen Davies --
Forecasting scores and results and testing the efficiency of the fixed-odds betting market in Scottish league football / Stephen Dobson and John Goddard --
Hitting in the pinch / Jim Albert --
Does momentum exist in a baseball game? / Rebecca J. Sela and Jeffrey S. Simonoff --
Inference about batter-pitcher matchups in baseball from small samples / Hal S. Stern and Adam Sugano --
Outcome uncertainty measures : how closely do they predict a close game? / Babatunde Buraimo, David Forrest, and Robert Simmons --
The impact of post-season play-off systems on the attendance at regular season games / Chris Bojke --
Measurement and interpretation of home advantage / Ray Stefani --
Myths in tennis / Jan Magnus and Franc Klassen --
Back to back evaluations on the gridiron / David J. Berri --
Optimal drafting in hockey pools / Amy E. Summers, Tim B. Swartz, and Richard A. Lockhart.
Responsibility: edited by Jim Albert and Ruud H. Koning.
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Covers statistical and econometric methodology along with a range of sporting applications. This book addresses topics such as ranking and performance measurement, measurement and interpretation of  Read more...

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... For those with an interest in sports and statistics, this book is an interesting and sometimes enlightening read. As a baseball fan, I particularly enjoyed the related chapters on clutch hitting, Read more...

 
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