Mathletics: How Gamblers, Managers, and Sports Enthusiasts Use Mathematics in Baseball, Basketball, and Football

By | October 15, 2017
Mathletics: How Gamblers, Managers, and Sports Enthusiasts Use Mathematics in Baseball, Basketball, and Football Author Wayne L. Winston
ISBN-10 9780691154589
ISBN-13 9780691154589
Year 2012-03-18
Pages 392
Language English
Publisher Princeton University Press
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Mathletics is a remarkably entertaining book that shows readers how to use simple mathematics to analyze a range of statistical and probability related questions in professional baseball basketball and football and in sports gambling How does professional baseball evaluate hitters Is a singles hitter like Wade Boggs more valuable than a power hitter like David Ortiz Should NFL teams pass or run more often on first downs Could professional basketball have used statistics to expose the crooked referee Tim Donaghy Does money buy performance in professional sports In Mathletics Wayne Winston describes the mathematical methods that top coaches and managers use to evaluate players and improve team performance and gives math enthusiasts the practical tools they need to enhance their understanding and enjoyment of their favorite sports and maybe even gain the outside edge to winning bets Mathletics blends fun math problems with sports stories of actual games teams and players along with personal anecdotes from Winston s work as a sports consultant Winston uses easy to read tables and illustrations to illuminate the techniques and ideas he presents and all the necessary math concepts such as arithmetic basic statistics and probability and Monte Carlo simulations are fully explained in the examples After reading Mathletics you will understand why baseball teams should almost never bunt why football overtime systems are unfair why points rebounds and assists aren t enough to determine who s the NBA s best player and much much more In a new epilogue Winston discusses the stats and numerical analysis behind some recent sporting events such as how the Dallas Mavericks used analytics to become the 2011 NBA champions

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