Posts Tagged ‘ Sports ’

“Kasparov To Face Caruana, Nakamura, So In Ultimate Blitz Challenge”

April 28, 2016
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E. J. pointed me to this announcement: For the first time since his retirement in 2005 Garry Kasparov will play chess against some of the best players on the planet. The 13th world champion agreed to meet the top three finishers of the 2016 U.S. Championship in a blitz tournament. That turned out to be […] The post “Kasparov To Face Caruana, Nakamura, So In Ultimate Blitz Challenge” appeared first…

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64 Shades of Gray: The subtle effect of chessboard images on foreign policy polarization

April 27, 2016
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64 Shades of Gray:  The subtle effect of chessboard images on foreign policy polarization

Brian Nosek pointed me to this 2013 paper by Theodora Zarkadi and Simone Schnall, “‘Black and White’ thinking: Visual contrast polarizes moral judgment,” which begins: Recent research has emphasized the role of intuitive processes in morality by documenting the link between affect and moral judgment. The present research tested whether incidental visual cues without any […] The post 64 Shades of Gray: The subtle effect of chessboard images on foreign…

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DG XXXVII: Lumosity fined $2 million for deceiving customers about its “brain training” programs

April 18, 2016
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Paul Alper writes: Because you went to MIT and are a chess enthusiast, you probably know a lot more about Claude Shannon than I do. However, did you know that as intellectually brilliant as he was, he died of “after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease”? I bring up this factoid because it sort of […] The post DG XXXVII: Lumosity fined $2 million for deceiving customers about its “brain…

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Bayesian Umpires: The coolest sports-statistics idea since the hot hand!

April 13, 2016
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Bayesian Umpires:  The coolest sports-statistics idea since the hot hand!

Hiro Minato points us to this recent article by Guy Molyneux: Baseball fans have long known, or at least suspected, that umpires call balls and strikes differently as the count changes. At 0-2, it seems that almost any taken pitch that is not right down the middle will be called a ball, while at 3-0 […] The post Bayesian Umpires: The coolest sports-statistics idea since the hot hand! appeared first…

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Football managers on the hot seat

April 4, 2016
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Football managers on the hot seat

Chris Y. asked how to read this BBC Sports graphic via Twitter: These are managers of British football (i.e. soccer) teams. Listed are some of the worst tenures of some managers. But what do the numbers mean? The character "V"...

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For Opening Day

April 3, 2016
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From John Lardner: A young ex-paratrooper visited Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, one day, and addressed some language, as ball fans will, to Mr. Leo Durocher, the Brooklyn manager, himself the most polite and clean-tongued gentleman in the national pastime when his mouth is shut, which is a hypothetical situation. I should really stop here because this […] The post For Opening Day appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social…

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Scientific explanation of Panther defeat!

February 10, 2016
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Scientific explanation of Panther defeat!

Roy’s comment on our recent post inspires me to reveal the true explanation underlying the Carolina team’s shocking Super Bowl loss. The Panthers were primed during the previous week with elderly-themed words such as “bingo” and “Manning.” As well-established research has demonstrated, this caused Cam and the gang to move more slowly, hence all the […] The post Scientific explanation of Panther defeat! appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference,…

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Stan’s Super Bowl prediction: Broncos 24, Panthers 13

February 9, 2016
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Stan’s Super Bowl prediction:  Broncos 24, Panthers 13

We ran the data through our model, not just the data from the past season but from the past 17 seasons (that’s what we could easily access) with a Gaussian process model to allow team abilities to vary over time. Because we’re modeling individual game outcomes, our model automatically controls for imbalances such as Carolina’s […] The post Stan’s Super Bowl prediction: Broncos 24, Panthers 13 appeared first on Statistical…

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Jim Albert’s Baseball Blog

January 20, 2016
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Jim Albert’s Baseball Blog

Jim Albert has a baseball blog: Baseball with R I sent a link internally to people I knew were into baseball, to which Andrew replied, “I agree that it’s cool that he doesn’t just talk, he has code.” (No kidding—the latest post as of writing this was on an R package to compute value above […] The post Jim Albert’s Baseball Blog appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and…

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Baltimore Orioles Hackathon coming soon!

January 6, 2016
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Baltimore Orioles Hackathon coming soon!

Kevin Tenenbaum writes: I wanted to let you know about a hackathon that we will be hosting at Camden Yards on February 5th, 2016. This event is a great opportunity for your students to use their statistics, data science and computer science expertise to find novel solutions to problems that Major League Baseball teams deal […] The post Baltimore Orioles Hackathon coming soon! appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference,…

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