A Mathematician at the Ballpark: Odds and Probabilities for Baseball Fans (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Feb 27, 2007 - Sports & Recreation - 224 pages
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In A Mathematician at the Ballpark, professor Ken Ross reveals the math behind the stats. This lively and accessible book shows baseball fans how to harness the power of made predictions and better understand the game. Using real-world examples from historical and modern-day teams, Ross shows:
• Why on-base and slugging percentages are more important than batting averages
• How professional odds makers predict the length of a seven-game series
• How to use mathematics to make smarter bets

A Mathematician at the Ballpark is the perfect guide to the science of probability for the stats-obsessed baseball fans—and, with a detailed new appendix on fantasy baseball, an essential tool for anyone involved in a fantasy league.


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User Review  - Justin B. - Goodreads

It was fine. Gave new perspective on the mathematical side of baseball. Read full review

Review: A Mathematician at the Ballpark: Odds and Probabilities for Baseball Fans

User Review  - Bob Byrne - Goodreads

I teach high school mathematics. I'm always looking for ways to unpack concepts in a way that adolescents will understand. Dr. Ross does an excellent job of explaining statistics and probability in ... Read full review


Some Mathematics
A Formula
Betting Strategies
The System
The Experiment
How It Worked Out
Key Results
DoubleorNothing Story
Infinitely Rich Case
Properties of Correlation
Binomial Theorem

DoubleorNothing Story II
Infinite Sums
Other Stopping Strategies
General Case
Infinitely Rich Case
General Case

Common terms and phrases

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