Author: John Hollinger

Publisher: Potomac Books

ISBN: 9781574886566

Category: Reference

Page: 314

View: 6364

Provides statistics, predictions, and projections for players in the National Basketball Association, and includes brief overviews of each team, discussing recent issues affecting their performance.
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Author: John Hollinger

Publisher: Potomac Books

ISBN: 9781574889628

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 298

View: 2068

ESPN.com's John Hollinger returns with another edition of the Pro Basketball Forecast, packed full of stats and discussion on every single player who saw time in the league last year plus each team's draft picks and a season analysis. Hollinger is one of the leaders of basketball's statistical revolution, devising new ways of looking at players and teams to better see their true worth. Denver Nuggets assistant coach Chip Engelland opined, "I don't know if the teams know so much about some of their players." By reading the Forecast, you can know what Hollinger does.
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Author: Robert P. Schumaker,Osama K. Solieman,Hsinchun Chen

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781441967305

Category: Computers

Page: 138

View: 5837

Data mining is the process of extracting hidden patterns from data, and it’s commonly used in business, bioinformatics, counter-terrorism, and, increasingly, in professional sports. First popularized in Michael Lewis’ best-selling Moneyball: The Art of Winning An Unfair Game, it is has become an intrinsic part of all professional sports the world over, from baseball to cricket to soccer. While an industry has developed based on statistical analysis services for any given sport, or even for betting behavior analysis on these sports, no research-level book has considered the subject in any detail until now. Sports Data Mining brings together in one place the state of the art as it concerns an international array of sports: baseball, football, basketball, soccer, greyhound racing are all covered, and the authors (including Hsinchun Chen, one of the most esteemed and well-known experts in data mining in the world) present the latest research, developments, software available, and applications for each sport. They even examine the hidden patterns in gaming and wagering, along with the most common systems for wager analysis.
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Taking Measure of the Many Myths in Modern Sport. Updated Edition

Author: David Berri,Martin Schmidt,Stacey Brook

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 0804758441

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 290

View: 1350

The Wages of Wins is a proper analysis of the data generated by professional sports; it tells many tales that are inconsistent with the myths put forward by the media, industry, and consumers of professional sport.
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Why So Many Predictions Fail, But Some Don't

Author: Nate Silver

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0143125087

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 534

View: 8837

The founder of FiveThirtyEight.com challenges myths about predictions in subjects ranging from the financial market and weather to sports and politics, profiling the world of prediction to explain how readers can distinguish true signals from hype, in a report that also reveals the sources and societal costs of wrongful predictions.
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Author: Michael Lewis

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393338398

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 317

View: 5512

Explains how Billy Beene, the general manager of the Oakland Athletics, is using a new kind of thinking to build a successful and winning baseball team without spending enormous sums of money.
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Rules and Tools for Performance Analysis

Author: Dean Oliver

Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.

ISBN: 1597973319

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 393

View: 9832

Journey inside the numbers for an exceptional set of statistical tools and rules that can help explain the winning, or losing, ways of a basketball team. Basketball on Paper doesnat diagram plays or explain how players get in shape, but instead demonstrates how to interpret player and team performance. Dean Oliver highlights general strategies for teams when theyare winning or losing and what aspects should be the focus in either situation. He describes and quantifies the jobs of team leaders and role players, then discusses the interactions between players and how to achieve the best fit. Oliver conceptualizes the meaning of teamwork and how to quantify the value of different types of players working together. He examines historically successful NBA teams and identifies what made them so successful: individual talent, a system of putting players together, or good coaching. Oliver then uses these statistical tools and case studies to evaluate the best players in history, such as Magic Johnson, Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, and Charles Barkley and how they contributed to their teamsa success. He does the same for some of the NBAas oddball players-Manute Bol, Muggsy Bogues, and Dennis Rodman and for the WNBAas top players. Basketball on Paper is unique in its incorporation of business and analytical concepts within the context of basketball to measure the value of players in a cooperative setting. Whether youare looking for strategies or new ideas to throw out while watching the ballgame at a sports bar, Dean Oliveras Basketball on Paper will give you amazing new insights into teamwork, coaching, and success."
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Author: Gary Huckabay,Chris Kahrl,Joe Sheehan,Clay Davenport

Publisher: Potomac Books

ISBN: 9781574885613

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 512

View: 1856

In-depth statistics and predictions for every major league team and player.
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Secret Strategies of a Nine-Time National Champion

Author: Larry Schechter

Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group

ISBN: 1937110575

Category: Games

Page: 348

View: 9172

Play smart. Play to win. Play like a champion.
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The Art of Composition

Author: Bert Krages

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1581159633

Category: Photography

Page: 256

View: 3061

Since the beginning of the twentieth century, photographic composition has been taught mostly by applying the principles from the field of graphic design. But the factor that distinguishes the work of master photographers is their ability to see and describe scenes visually. This book follows contemporary educational methods used to teach fine arts such as drawing and painting, concentrating on teaching the perception of critical visual elements and understanding how they will be rendered photographically. "In many respects, this book can do for photography what Betty Edwards’ best-selling Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain did for drawing. Many people believe that seeing is a mysterious gift, the so-called ‘artist's eye." says Krages. The core of the book is a group of sixty exercise that readers perform to learn how to perceive points, lines, and shapes in static and dynamic settings. These exercises are structured enough to push photographers to develop their cognitive abilities while at the same time flexible enough to allow for individual creative expression. They also show the importance of knowing about the subject and provide some history about the specific genres at the heart of each exercise.
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A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the High-Stakes Game of Creating an NBA Champion

Author: Andy Glockner

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 0306824027

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 288

View: 4131

Enter the multimillion-dollar world of analytics, player identification, talent development, and other methods NBA teams use to make champions
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My Incredible NCAA Journey from the End of the Bench to the End of the Bench

Author: Mark Titus

Publisher: Anchor Books

ISBN: 0307745384

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 518

An irreverent critique of big-time NCAA basketball by the author of the popular Club Trillion blog describes how his ambition to become a doctor was sidelined so that that he could join the elite Buckeyes in spite of his lesser talents, which rendered him perpetually benched and ironically scouted by the Harlem Globetrotters.
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How One Team Embraced Tradition and Moneyball at the Same Time

Author: Howard Megdal

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1250058317

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 304

View: 6491

The St. Louis Cardinals have experienced the kind of success that is rare in baseball. Regarded by many as the premier organization in Major League Baseball, they not only win, but do so with an apparently bottomless pool of talent, one that is mostly homegrown. Despite years of phenomenal achievements, including going to the World Series in 2004 and again in 2006, the Cardinals reinvented themselves using the "Cardinal Way," a term that has come to represent many things to fans, media, and other organizations, from an ironclad code of conduct to the team's cutting-edge use of statistic and analytics, and a farm system that has transformed baseball. Baseball journalist Howard Megdal takes fans behind the scenes and off the field, interviewing dozens of key players within the Cardinals organization, including owner Bill DeWitt and the general manager John Mozeliak. Megdal reveals how the players are assessed and groomed using an unrivaled player development system that has created a franchise that is the envy of the baseball world. In the spirit of Moneyball, The Cardinals Way tells an in-depth, fascinating story about a consistently good franchise, the business of sports in the twenty-first century and a team that has learned how to level the playing field, turning in season after successful season.
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Author: N.A

Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.

ISBN: 1597973653

Category: SPORTS & RECREATION

Page: 385

View: 4767

Baseball "by The Book"
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How Gamblers, Managers, and Sports Enthusiasts Use Mathematics in Baseball, Basketball, and Football

Author: Wayne L. Winston

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400842077

Category: Mathematics

Page: 392

View: 4271

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

Author: Wayne L. Winston

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400830915

Category: Mathematics

Page: 376

View: 2269

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.
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The NBA According to the Sports Guy

Author: Bill Simmons

Publisher: ESPN

ISBN: 0345520106

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 734

View: 8157

An opinionated tour of the past, present, and future of pro basketball, written by ESPN's "Sports Guy" columnist, shares insights on everything from major NBA events and underrated players to how Hall of Famers should be selected.
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Objective and Efficient Strategies for Understanding How Teams Win

Author: Stephen M. Shea,Christopher E. Baker

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781492923176

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 234

View: 4875

Basketball Analytics is a must-read for any sports analytics enthusiast or student of the game of basketball. Authors Stephen Shea, Ph.D. (Professor of Mathematics) and Christopher Baker (Software Engineer) utilize their unique skill-set to introduce original metrics for analyzing player performance, team style and team construction in the NBA. While demonstrating an awareness of the industry's best ideas, the authors present original, objective and efficient strategies for understanding how teams win. New player performance statistics include Offensive Efficiency (OE), Efficient Offensive Production (EOP), Defensive Stops Gained (DSG), and Approximate Value (AV). OE reflects a player's ability to make the most fundamental offensive decisions. EOP adjusts a player's points and assists based on his efficiency. DSG gives a complete measure of a player's defensive contributions, without relying on individual player statistics like blocks and steals. AV is a measure of total player performance that rivals any publicly available statistic. Basketball Analytics introduces groundbreaking metrics on player involvement in the offense. Point, Rebound and Assist Balance aggregate player usage in these critical statistics. New studies on the NBA show whether teams should strive for balance or unbalance. An NBA draft pick value study determines the average value of each pick and the likelihood of landing a star or role player with each draft position. The results of this study are used to discuss topics including the biggest draft blunders and steals, the draft success of each NBA team, and the quality of each draft class dating back to 1977. This valuable understanding of the NBA Draft creates a foundation for discussing various approaches to team development and construction. Additionally, the authors discuss redefining the positions on the court, unpredictability in the game, data visualization, and applications of spatial tracking technology. There are many intensely debated questions surrounding the NBA today. Who are the most valuable players, and how do they compare to past greats? Which players have the greatest impact on their team's defense? Should Kobe Bryant be concerned with getting his teammates involved in the offense? How do offenses differ in the clutch, and which players thrive in these situations? How difficult is it for a team to rebuild through the draft? Basketball Analytics introduces new statistics and new concepts to explore these questions and more.
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Author: Danco Davcev,Jorge Marx Gómez

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9783642107818

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 462

View: 8540

This book is the result of the first International Conference ICT Innovations 2009. The ICT Innovations conference is the primary scientific action of the Macedonian Society on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT-ACT). It promotes the publication of scientific results of the international community related to innovative fundamental and applied research in ICT. Today, ICT has enlarged its horizons and it is practiced under multidisciplinary contexts that introduce new challenges to theore- cal and technical approaches. The ICT Innovations 2009 conference gathered academics, professionals and pr- titioners reporting their valuable experiences in developing solutions and systems in the industrial and business arena especially innovative commercial implementations, novel applications of technology, and experience in applying recent research advances to practical situations, in any ICT areas. The conference focuses on issues concerning a variety of ICT fields like: • Multimedia Information Systems • Artificial Intelligence • Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing • Eco and Bio Informatics • Internet and Web Applications and Services • Wireless and Mobile Communications and Services • Computer Networks, Security and Cryptography • Distributed Systems, GRID and Cloud Computing ICT Innovations 2009 Conference was held in Ohrid, Macedonia, in September 28-30, 2009. Local arrangements provided by the members of the Macedonian Society on Information and Communication Technologies – ICT-ACT, mainly consisting of teaching and research staff of Computer Science Department at Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies and Institute of Informatics at Faculty of Natural Sciences, both at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Macedonia.
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