By Ken Ross
In A Mathematician on the Ballpark, professor Ken Ross finds the mathematics at the back of the stats. This energetic and obtainable ebook exhibits baseball enthusiasts the way to harness the facility of made predictions and higher comprehend the sport. utilizing real-world examples from old and modern day groups, Ross shows:
Why on-base and slugging chances are extra very important than batting averages
How expert odds makers expect the size of a seven-game series
How to exploit arithmetic to make smarter bets
A Mathematician on the Ballpark is the suitable advisor to the technological know-how of likelihood for the stats-obsessed baseball fans-and, with an in depth new appendix on myth baseball, a necessary software for an individual desirous about a delusion league.
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A Mathematician at the Ballpark: Odds and Probabilities for Baseball Fans by Ken Ross