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1st Edition

Handbook of Statistical Methods and Analyses in Sports

ISBN 9781498737364
Published December 21, 2016 by Chapman and Hall/CRC
520 Pages 24 Color & 36 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This handbook will provide both overviews of statistical methods in sports and in-depth treatment of critical problems and challenges confronting statistical research in sports. The material in the handbook will be organized by major sport (baseball, football, hockey, basketball, and soccer) followed by a section on other sports and general statistical design and analysis issues that are common to all sports. This handbook has the potential to become the standard reference for obtaining the necessary background to conduct serious statistical analyses for sports applications and to appreciate scholarly work in this expanding area.

Table of Contents


Evaluation of Batters and Base Runners

Ben Baumer, Pamela Badian-Pessot

Using Publicly Available Baseball Data to Measure and Evaluate Pitching Performance

Carson Sievert, Brian Mills

Defensive Evaluation

Mitchell Lichtman

Situational Statistics, Clutch Hitting, and Streakiness

Jim Albert

American Football

Estimating Team Strength in the NFL

Mark Glickman, Hal Stern

Forecasting the Performance of College Prospects Selected in the National Football League Draft

Julian Wolfson, Vittorio Addona

Evaluation of Quarterbacks and Kickers

. Drew Pasteur, John A. David

Situational Success: Evaluating Decision-Making in Football

Keith Goldner


Probability Models for Streak Shooting

James Lackritz

Possession-based Player Performance Analysis in Basketball

Jeremias Engelmann

Optimal Strategy in Basketball

Brian Skinner, Matthew Goldman

Studying Basketball through the Lens of Player Tracking Data

Luke Bornn, Daniel Cervone, Alexander Franks, Andrew Miller


Poisson/Exponential Models for Scoring in Ice Hockey

Andrew Thomas

Hockey Performance via Regularized Logistic Regression

Robert Gramacy, Matt Taddy, Sen Tian

Statistical Evaluation of Ice Hockey Goaltending

Michael Schuckers

Educated Guesswork - Drafting in the National Hockey League

Peter Tingling


Models for outcomes of soccer matches

Phil Scarf, Jose Rangel Sellitti Jr

Rating of team abilities in soccer

Ruud H. Koning

Player ratings in soccer

Ian G. McHale, Samuel D. Relton

Effectiveness of in-season coach dismissal

Lucas M. Besters, Jan C. van Ours, Martin A. van Tuijl

Referee bias in football

Babatunde Buraimo, Dirk Semmelroth, Rob Simmons

Other sports

Golf Analytics: Developments in Performance Measurement and Handicapping

William Hurley, Mark Broadie

Research Directions in Cricket

Tim Swartz

Performance development at the Olympic Games

Elmer Sterken

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Jim Albert is Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at Bowling Green State University; Mark E. Glickman is Senior Lecturer on Statistics at Harvard University; Ruud H. Koning is Professor of Sports Economics at the University of Groningen; and Tim Swartz is Professor of Statistics and Actuarial Science at Simon Fraser University.


"The Handbook of Statistical Methods and Analysis in Sports is a phenomenal reference text capturing some of the best work of more than 40 statisticians active in the intersection of statistical methodology and sports data. It consists of 24 largely independent chapters each written by different authors, and outlines advances in statistical methodology applied to baseball, American football, basketball, ice hockey, football (soccer), golf, and cricket. The brilliant design of the text’s structure provides readers with a broad survey of the statistics-in-sports research landscape; it could reasonably be implemented in statistics curricula in a variety of formats and at different levels.
~Joe Nolan, Journal of the American Statistical Association