Sports Analytic Methods – Comparing Between-Team and Within-Team Variation

Variation can be determined using different sources of data.  Three typical sources that are often compared are overall variation, between-team variation and within-team variation. You can use all three types of variation when analyzing points scored in the National Football League.  Overall variation is determined using all of the points scored by all of the…

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Sports Analytics – Point Distributions and Expected Points

This article focuses on sports analytics point distributions and expected points. One probability distribution that is especially useful in sports statistics is the distribution of the points scored. This distribution analyzes the probability of scoring points in any given situation. In a football game, a team could be on second down at their opponent’s ten-yard…

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Sports Analytics – Decision Making Models

This is a review of the thesis written by Jonathan Mills regarding sports analytics decision making in the national basketball association. For years, coaches in the NBA have used basic statistics and experience to evaluate teams and players.  More advanced analytics continue to become more readily available.  The trick is deciphering what these statistics mean…

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