The Basic Statistical Factors of Baseball, Basketball, and Football


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  • Speaker: Dean Oliver, Director of Production Analytics at ESPN
  • Host Department: Center for the Study of Complex Systems
  • Date: 09/15/2014
  • Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

  • Location: room 411 West Hall

  • Description:

    Abstract:  Sports analytics is inherently about studying sports through mathematical models of the game.  How does baseball work?  It works by getting on base and moving runners over.  These concepts are reflected in On-base percentage and Slugging percentage.  Basketball has Four Factors that are now well-established.  In recent work, football now appears to have Six Factors.  What are these factors and how do they help understand the games they are associated with?