Analytic Methods in Sports: Using Mathematics and Statistics to Understand Data from Baseball, Football, Basketball, and Other Sports

Thomas A. Severini

August 5, 2014 by Chapman and Hall/CRC
Textbook - 254 Pages - 66 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781482237016 - CAT# K23148

USD$62.95

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Features

  • Covers numerous statistical procedures for analyzing data based on sports results
  • Presents fundamental methods for describing and summarizing data
  • Describes aspects of probability theory and basic statistical concepts that are necessary to understand and deal with the randomness inherent in sports data
  • Explains the statistical reasoning underlying the methods
  • Illustrates the methods using real data drawn from a wide variety of sports
  • Offers many of the datasets on the author’s website, enabling you to replicate the analyses or conduct related analyses

Summary

The Most Useful Techniques for Analyzing Sports Data

One of the greatest changes in the sports world in the past 20 years has been the use of mathematical methods to analyze performances, recognize trends and patterns, and predict results. Analytic Methods in Sports: Using Mathematics and Statistics to Understand Data from Baseball, Football, Basketball, and Other Sports provides a concise yet thorough introduction to the analytic and statistical methods that are useful in studying sports.

The book gives you all the tools necessary to answer key questions in sports analysis. It explains how to apply the methods to sports data and interpret the results, demonstrating that the analysis of sports data is often different from standard statistical analysis. Requiring familiarity with mathematics but no previous background in statistics, the book integrates a large number of motivating sports examples throughout and offers guidance on computation and suggestions for further reading in each chapter.

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