Sports Analytics: A Science — Ch. 3: Function of Performance vs. Measure of Ability

If you were to wake up in the morning and check the box-score of a game you missed the night before, what would you be trying to figure out? What would you be looking for? I’d bet you’d ask yourself questions like “how did they do last night?” or “oh, did they stay hot?” orContinue reading “Sports Analytics: A Science — Ch. 3: Function of Performance vs. Measure of Ability”

Sports Analytics: A Science — Ch. 2: Percentages, Rates, and Interpreting Metrics

Percentages and Rates The next two most basic categories of metrics both utilize the three fundamental types of metrics in their calculations: percentages and rates. These are perhaps both the most common, but also often the most tricky, types of metrics. A percentage metric refers to one that shows the success rate for performing aContinue reading “Sports Analytics: A Science — Ch. 2: Percentages, Rates, and Interpreting Metrics”

Sports Analytics: A Science — Ch 1: The Fundamentals

First, it’s important to lay down a framework for defining and understanding the numbers that are involved in sports analytics. Traditionally, we refer to the numbers recorded in sports as “stats.” The problem with using this term in the context of sports analytics is that “stats” is already shorthand for the field of statistics, whichContinue reading “Sports Analytics: A Science — Ch 1: The Fundamentals”

Sports Analytics: A Science — Ch 0: An Introduction

Sports and science have always been naturally intertwined. An athlete improves their ability to kick or throw a ball by practicing over and over again, each time analyzing the path of the ball so they can do it better the next time. In physics, the path of a projectile is studied so we can betterContinue reading “Sports Analytics: A Science — Ch 0: An Introduction”