Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won
A book by Tobias J. Moskowitz
“Defense wins championships!” So declared a triumphant Michael Jordan in 1991, invoking a hallowed sports mantra. But Jordan’s assertion melts into cliché when Moskowitz and Wertheim expose it to statistical calculations revealing … see full wiki
I've always been a fan of ideas that are contrary to popular belief. There are so many things that we assume are true and the way we perceive things are not necessarily how they actually are. Accumulating data is what helps us understand these things and the authors did an outstanding job of doing this. The reader will continue to wonder how the data will connect with the assertion made by the authors but in the proceeding pages, things are explained masterfully through … more
All of the major professional sports have been played for well over a century. This has led to a long and hallowed tradition of how things are done. Unfortunately, in many cases the traditional way of doing things is not the statistically most effective. The primary topic is an analysis of how the home field advantage is acquired. Contrary to popular belief, crowd noise does not rattle a player shooting a foul shot as the players are generally so focused that the background noise is unheard. As … more
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