Posts Tagged ‘ Sports ’

Reimagining the league table

August 17, 2015
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Reimagining the league table

The reason for the infrequent posting is my travel schedule. I spent the past week in Seattle at JSM. This is an annual meeting of statisticians. I presented some work on fantasy football data that I started while writing Numbersense....

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The plagiarist next door strikes back: Different standards of plagiarism in different communities

August 3, 2015
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The plagiarist next door strikes back:  Different standards of plagiarism in different communities

Commenters on this blog sometimes tell me not to waste so much time talking about plagiarism. And in the grand scheme of things, what could be more trivial than plagiarism in an obscure German book of chess anecdotes? Yet this is what I have come to talk with you about today. As usual, I will […] The post The plagiarist next door strikes back: Different standards of plagiarism in different…

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Deja vu! Doping accusations at Tour de France

July 24, 2015
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Deja vu! Doping accusations at Tour de France

Gabe Murray wrote to Andrew Gelman, asking for comments about the accusations hurled at the current Tour de France front-runner Chris Froome. He said: This post by VeloClinic has been getting a lot of media attention in the past few days, within the context of Chris Froome's dominant performance in the Tour de France: http://veloclinic.com/estimating-the-probability-of-doping-as-a-function-of-power/ The assumptions seem very dubious to me, and I would love to see a critique…

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I try hard to not hate all hover-overs. Here is one I love

July 23, 2015
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I try hard to not hate all hover-overs. Here is one I love

One of the smart things Noah (at WNYC) showed to my class was his NFL fan map, based on Facebook data. This is the "home" of the visualization: The fun starts by clicking around. Here are the Green Bay fans...

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Hey—guess what? There really is a hot hand!

July 9, 2015
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Hey—guess what?  There really is a hot hand!

No, it’s not April 1, and yup, I’m serious. Josh Miller came into my office yesterday and convinced me that the hot hand is real. Here’s the background. Last year we posted a discussion on streakiness in basketball shooting. Miller has a new paper out, with Adam Sanjurjo, which begins: We find a subtle but […] The post Hey—guess what? There really is a hot hand! appeared first on Statistical…

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“Menstrual Cycle Phase Does Not Predict Political Conservatism”

July 5, 2015
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“Menstrual Cycle Phase Does Not Predict Political Conservatism”

Someone pointed me to this article by Isabel Scott and Nicholas Pound: Recent authors have reported a relationship between women’s fertility status, as indexed by menstrual cycle phase, and conservatism in moral, social and political values. We conducted a survey to test for the existence of a relationship between menstrual cycle day and conservatism. 2213 […] The post “Menstrual Cycle Phase Does Not Predict Political Conservatism” appeared first on Statistical…

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“Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt is theoretically possible.” — William James (again)

June 27, 2015
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Eric Tassone writes: So, here’s a Bill James profile from late-ish 2014 that I’d missed until now. It’s baseball focused, which was nice — so many recent articles about him are non-baseball stuff. Here’s an extended excerpt of a part I found refreshing, though it’s probably just that my expectations have gotten pretty low of […] The post “Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt is theoretically possible.” —…

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A question about race based stratification

June 23, 2015
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A question about race based stratification

Can Candan writes: I have scraped horse racing data from a web site in Turkey and would like to try some models for predicting the finishing positions of future races, what models would you suggest for that? There is one recent paper on the subject that seems promising, which claims to change the SMO algorithm […] The post A question about race based stratification appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal…

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Can Bradley Wiggins Do It? Welcome to the Thunder-Drome!

June 4, 2015
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Can Bradley Wiggins Do It? Welcome to the Thunder-Drome!

Many have tried. Most have failed.Bradley Wiggins knows this. He also knows the ordeal he faces, knows the pain he will endure and knows the scrutiny he will face. It's nothing he hasn't experienced before, having raced and won the world's most pr...

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Chess + statistics + plagiarism, again!

May 24, 2015
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Chess + statistics + plagiarism, again!

In response to this post (in which I noted that the Elo chess rating system is a static model which, paradoxically, is used to for the purposes of studying changes), Keith Knight writes: It’s notable that Glickman’s work is related to some research by Harry Joe at UBC, which in turn was inspired by data […] The post Chess + statistics + plagiarism, again! appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal…

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