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Sandlot stats; learning statistics with baseball.


Sandlot stats; learning statistics with baseball.

Rothman, Stanley.

Johns Hopkins U. Press


571 pages




There are books on the market that use statistics to analyze baseball records, but Rothman (mathematics, Quinnipiac U., Connecticut) did not find them appropriate for his course using baseball to teach statistics. So he wrote his own lecture notes, which an editor at Johns Hopkins Press discovered online, and a textbook was born. It uses the vast quantity of available baseball records to teach such matters as descriptive statistics for one quantitative variable, sports betting, probability distribution functions for a discrete random variable, confidence intervals, and streaking. Once the basics are acquired, he says, they can be applied to other areas, such as healthcare or business.

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