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Date:  Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Location:  1324 East Hall (5:30 PM to 6:30 PM)

Title:  Pythagoras at the Bat: An Introduction to Statistics and Modeling

Abstract:   Let RS (resp., RA) denote the average number of runs scored (resp., allowed) in a baseball game by a team. It was numerically observed years ago that a good predictor of a team's won-loss percentage is RS^2 / (RS^2 + RA^2), though no one knew WHY the formula worked. We review elementary concepts of probability and statistics and discuss how one can build and solve a model for this problem. In the course of investigating this problem we discuss how one attacks problems like this in general (what are the features of a good model, how to solve it, and so on). The only pre-requisite is simple calculus (no baseball knowledge is required, though Red Sox knowledge is always a plus).


Speaker:  Steven Miller
Institution:  Williams College

Event Organizer:   Sarah Koch


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