DailyDirt: Build It And They Will Come…
from the urls-we-dig-up dept
Moneyball (the movie) has recently popularized the concept of sabermetrics, but for a while now, real sports fans (and mathletes) have been applying rigorous analysis to just about every sport. There still aren’t any sure bets, but forecasting player performance has gotten a lot better in the last decade or so. Here are just a few examples of math geeks taking some shots at jocks.
- Enjoy your fifteen minutes of fame, Ed Weiland — for being a bit less surprised than most about Linsanity. Weiland wrote in 2010: “… Jeremy Lin is a good enough player to start in the NBA and possibly star.” [url]
- Nate Silver called himself a forecaster, explained how he looked at baseball stats, and created the PECOTA system for evaluating MLB players. Baseball Prospectus bought the PECOTA system in 2003 and publishes its forecasts for all kinds of baseball fans and fantasy baseball leagues. [url]
- The annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference has picked its top ten finalists for its Research Paper of the Year. These papers discuss various stats like “15% of basketball rebounds hit the floor before being collected.” [url]
- To find some other online challenges and games, check out what StumbleUpon has found to play. [url]
By the way, StumbleUpon can also recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.
Filed Under: baseball, basketball, forecasting, linsanity, moneyball, nate silver, pecota, sabermetrics, sports, statistics
Companies: mit, mlb, nba
Comments on “DailyDirt: Build It And They Will Come…”
no Oscar for you!
Moneyball should’ve gotten that oscar.. not some neo-silent film.
no Oscar for you!
Sorry sir, but you appear to be lost. I believe you were looking for “Yahoo Entertainment News!”, this is a technology blog.