January 28, 2011

The risks of adjusting performance stats

From XKCD.  Not baseball, but it brings to mind park effect, league context, etc.

January 5, 2011

Andrew Gelman's "5 Books"

Andrew Gelman is one of the most interesting (IMHO) social scientist/statisticians in The Academy. Not only does he have serious statistical chops (he co-authored Bayesian Data Analysis with Carlin, Stern, and Rubin), but he also has published a raft of papers on voting patterns. His blog Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science -- written with his colleague Aleks Jakulin -- offers wide ranging commentary on everything from statistical theory and philosophy, to R (the statistical software), to all manner of social statistics.
Gelman was recently approached by The Browser to suggest five books on how people vote in the U.S., but instead he provided a list of five excellent books about statistics.  #1 on his list:  Bill James’ Baseball Abstracts 1982-1986.