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Live-Blogging the Robot Selection Process
As of Sunday morning before any of the games:
Top Four Seeds: Kentucky, UNC, Syracuse, Kansas
Last Four In: Miami, Virginia, Ole Miss, Northwestern
First Four Out: Seton Hall, Oregon, BYU, Marshall
Next Four Out: Iona, LSU, Washington Mississippi State
read the rest at: http://statsheet.com/blog/statseed-selection-sunday-spectacular
StatSheet Put Harvard into the NCAA Tournament back in April
So right after that, on April 5th, 2011, USA Today called and asked us to pick the 2012 NCAA Tournament (this year's tournament) as soon as humanly robotically possible.
Three days later, we delivered. But seriously, we were sandbagging. We just waited three days to run the calculations because we knew that any sooner than that would blow too many minds. I mean, we want to be successful and all, but there's no reason to scare the crap out of people.
Anyhow, I love the fact that we picked Harvard.
We had actually already picked Harvard (incorrectly) to make the 2011 Tournament as well, and I still feel like they got robbed by a committee that couldn't bring itself to put two deserving Ivy League teams into the field of 68. And sure, we got flack for putting Harvard in last year.
But man, did we get flack for putting Harvard in for the following year.
read the rest at: http://statsheet.com/blog/crimsanity
StatSheet Introduces StatRank for NCAA Basketball
It all depends on who you ask.
One thing that has always frustrated us over at StatSheet is the gross unreliability of NCAA Basketball rankings, in a statistical sense, especially early in the season. Sure, it's hard to do, I'll give you that. A program like Syracuse compared to a program like Bryant? Totally apples to oranges. But a program like Duke compared to a program like Butler? Well, now you're talking maybe Golden Delicious to McIntosh. They're nothing alike, but somehow they wound up #1 and #2 not too long ago.
That is, if you're using the tournament as your indicator of who's the best.
Early in the season, the AP is a popularity contest, the RPI is a circus, and even Sagarin gets his wires crossed when Cleveland State beats Vanderbilt. Our good friend Ken Pomeroy recently posted on his blog about the inability of his algorithms to not put Wisconsin at #2 or Ohio State at #1, even though he clearly believes that neither team deserves that ranking. Furthermore, he warns that both teams will be overranked in his system thorughout the remainder of the season. No system, he states, can properly rank every team.
So of course we took a crack at it.
read the rest at: http://statsheet.com/blog/ranking-the-unrankable-statsheet-introduces-statrank-for-ncaa-basketball
The ranks and grades you see below are cumulative of how the player performed on a game-by-game basis, not seasonal totals. There is a minimum to qualify, and where there was an injury we took the next highest ranked player. We're only including skill positions here because, frankly, we just don't have the money to send everyone to Hawai'i. So without further delay, here is your 2011 NFL All-StatSheet Team.
read the rest at: http://statsheet.com/blog/the-2011-nfl-all-statsheet-team
|As the season winds down, we start to speculate on individual achievements like the MVP, the Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year. But look, any hack can waste pages analyzing that kind of thing.|
Justin Verlander. Boom. There you go.
What about the unsung, the infamous, and the notorious? They deserve end-of-season love too, don't they?
Carlos Quentin: Hit by a Pitch 23 Times
Ask yourself if you can lean into the strike zone and take a 100 mph fastball upside your melon for the good of the team. And what do you get for your trouble? A free ride to first, something you could have achieved if the pitcher had just thrown four lazy ones outside without ringing your bell.
Would you give up critical thinking and the ability to tie your shoes for 90 feet? Yeah, I didn't think so. Well, Carlos Quentin is 23 times braver than you. He doesn't care if it's lack of sportsmanship or lack of marksmanship that gets him plunked. Chances are, he's not going to remember it happening anyway.
read the rest at: http://statsheet.com/blog/5-dubious-mlb-awards-who-is-the-2011-ball-magnet
StatSheet Introduces Win Probability
At StatSheet, we're obsessed with predicting whether and when a team will win or lose and we've gotten pretty good at it. This is mostly due to the fact that we've spent a lot of time churning the historical, the statistical, the probable, and the quantifiable in order to bring you one of our newest toys: Win Probability.
read the rest at: http://statsheet.com/blog/stats-don-t-lie-game-over-statsheet-introduces-win-probability
See? Try to peg my writing style to the robots. Can't be done.
Anyway, they put a recap from a human journalist side-by-side with a recap from our robots and asked the reader to pick which was which. They give away the answer at the end. I got it right away. Go me.
This isn't the first time or the funniest time our robot prose has been put up against flesh and blood – my favorite was when a journo from a well-known publication was slamming what he thought was one of our robot articles in comparison to a human example, but in the end it turned out he was unwittingly comparing his human piece to another human piece by a major syndicate.
We still haven't told him.
read the rest at: http://statsheet.com/blog/stats-don-t-lie-a-robot-may-not-injure-a-journo
But this year's Final Four roster is none of those.
It was a scant three years ago when we shrugged at the statistical anomaly of all four regional number one seeds advancing to the Final Four (UNC, Kansas, UCLA, Memphis). Had never happened. Actually may not have happened at all. Memphis wound up vacating the season.
This year, up is down, left is right, dogs and cats are living together and your crushed bracket has been forgiven with an acronym and two simple words: “VCU. Who knew?”
But it's not as madness as you might think.
read the rest at: http://statsheet.com/blog/stats-don-t-lie-why-this-year-s-final-four-was-a-no-brainer
Yeah. Dude teaches a course in Bracketology at St. Joe's.
Thus, we called our findings StatSeed. Not so much to get away from the term “bracketology,” but because we took an extra step and also predicted the teams for the NIT, the CBA, and the CIT (and imagine our surprise to discover the long-lost, mythical “fourth tournament”). All in all, we ended up taking about 150 teams into account at any given time.
Don't get me wrong. We love Lunardi. He is the Godfather of March Madness, at least until Selection Sunday. We respect him. But we must destroy him. Or rather, the robots must destroy him. Not out of spite, or fear, or revolution, but because it's the only way we can prove we're on the right track.
And it turns out, we're closer than we thought.
read the rest at: http://statsheet.com/blog/stats-dont-lie-lunardi-battles-the-seed-robots
This number, dubbed StatSheet Fan Satisfaction, appears on every StatSheet Team Site (we feel you, Centenary!), and is also the basis of how we blog the game previews and recaps.
So we're quantifying emotion. And I'm 37 happy about that.
Most fans love this number. Most. Some aren't sold. I stick by it, even though we know that fans of programs that historically win a lot think it's consistently too high, and fans of programs that historically lose a lot, especially the smaller schools, think it's too low.
“Sure, Duke beat Carolina, but they weren't even ranked in the top 10!”
“Look, NC State might have lost 7 of 8, but we just SPANKED Wake Forest!”
Needless to say, Duke fans aren't the happiest (43), and NC State fans aren't the saddest (-15), but you probably won't be surprised at who is. While I will touch on the very saddest of the sad (at the bottom – no cheating!), I won't focus on the next three saddest: Centenary, Towson, and Farleigh Dickinson. Instead, I'll hit some of the more tragically sad (Games as of 2/16/11):
read the rest at: http://statsheet.com/blog/stats-don-t-lie-who-are-the-saddest-fans-in-college-basketball
For example: Our Top Four "Better" Locks
*Florida: 100% Confident
*North Carolina: 100% Confident
*Illinois: 99% Confident
*Pittsburgh: 96% Confident
In those cases, we got it right (games as of Wednesday, February 9th). The Tarheels had us a little nervous for a while, but all four teams currently have a better winning percentage than they put up last year.
This formula was completely, totally, and absolutely mathematical. All robots, no humans. We didn't take into account non-statistical factors like Bruce Pearl's suspension or Mike Krzyzewski's deal with the devil.
read the rest at: http://statsheet.com/blog/stats-don-t-lie-how-accurate-was-the-statsheet-ncaa-men-s-basketball-season-preview-indicator
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