**AMS/MAA Textbooks**

Volume: 34;
2017;
243 pp;
Softcover

**Print ISBN: 978-1-4704-6938-2
Product Code: TEXT/34.S**

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Product Code: TEXT/34.E**

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# Teaching Statistics Using Baseball: Second Edition

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*Jim Albert*

MAA Press: An Imprint of the American Mathematical Society

Teaching Statistics Using Baseball is
a collection of case studies and exercises applying statistical and
probabilistic thinking to the game of baseball. Baseball is the most
statistical of all sports since players are identified and evaluated
by their corresponding hitting and pitching statistics. There is an
active effort by people in the baseball community to learn more about
baseball performance and strategy by the use of statistics. This book
illustrates basic methods of data analysis and probability models by
means of baseball statistics collected on players and teams. Students
often have difficulty learning statistics ideas since they are
explained using examples that are foreign to the students. The idea of
the book is to describe statistical thinking in a context (that is,
baseball) that will be familiar and interesting to students.

The book is organized using a same structure as most introductory
statistics texts. There are chapters on the analysis on a single
batch of data, followed with chapters on comparing batches of data and
relationships. There are chapters on probability models and on
statistical inference. The book can be used as the framework for a
one-semester introductory statistics class focused on baseball or
sports. This type of class has been taught at Bowling Green State
University. It may be very suitable for a statistics class for
students with sports-related majors, such as sports management or
sports medicine. Alternately, the book can be used as a resource for
instructors who wish to infuse their present course in probability or
statistics with applications from baseball.

The second edition of Teaching Statistics follows the same
structure as the first edition, where the case studies and exercises
have been replaced by modern players and teams, and the new types of
baseball data from the PitchFX system and fangraphs.com are
incorporated into the text.

An instructor's manual for this title is available
electronically. Please send email to textbooks@ams.org for more
information.

# Table of Contents

## Teaching Statistics Using Baseball: Second Edition

- Cover cov11
- Half title i2
- Copyright ii3
- Title iii4
- Series iv5
- Contents vii8
- Preface to the First Edition ix10
- Preface to the Second Edition xi12
- 1 An Introduction to Baseball Statistics 114
- 2 Exploring a Single Batch of Baseball Data 1326
- 3 Comparing Batches and Standardization 4558
- 4 Relationships Between Measurement Variables 7386
- 5 Introduction to Probability Using Tabletop Games 111124
- 6 Probability Distributions and Baseball 139152
- 7 Introduction to Statistical Inference 155168
- 8 Topics in Statistical Inference 175188
- 9 Modeling Baseball Using a Markov Chain 211224
- A An Introduction to Baseball 233246
- Bibliography 239252
- Index 241254
- Back cover 244257