Why sports statisticians should be more involved in games

Posted to Statistics  |  Tags: , , ,  |  Nathan Yau

Hot off the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, Sean Gregory argues for more “stats geeks” on the sidelines and in the huddle during the game.

[S]itting next to your team’s manager, a scruffy baseball lifer, in the dugout is not just another scruffy baseball lifer, spitting tobacco. Instead, by his side is a guy with a Ph.D. in theoretical physics, a beautiful mind who can calculate complex probabilities, in real time, in his head. He can tell you the odds of so-and-so throwing such-and-such a pitch to so-and-so on such-and-such a count.

It’s a fluffy article with not much on what the stat person would actually do, so you’ll have to imagine. Honestly, I hope sports statistics doesn’t come to that though. Unpredictability is what makes games so fun to watch.

[Time via @amstatnews]

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