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Baseball ala Mathematics

The Resource for this week is Ken Ross's book Mathematician at the Ballpark. Thus, it is only appropriate that complementary web sites be reviewed as well.

Much has been written about the mathematics of baseball, at varying levels of complexity. These web sites and resources are offered as being useful or accessible:

  • The Exploratorium's on-line exibit Science of Baseball is a good place to start. It includes a lot of detailed information as well as hands-on simulations
  • As a University of Illinois professor, Alan Nathan's Physics of Baseball provides a broad overview of the physical science aspects of batting and pitching...plus has a lot of great links
  • ESPN's SportsFigures provides useful videos involving professional baseball players such as Barry Larkin and Troy Glaus discussing the use of data analysis, vectors, and Cartesian coordinates.
  • Sean Lahman's Baseball Archive web site includes the Sabermetrics section, which basically is the use of data analysis to "search for objective knowledge about baseball."
  • The website Baseball Statistics provides some lesson plans for using statistics to examine the performance of baseball players, plus has many good links on both the associated mathematics and the baseball players
  • Ivars Peterson column Who's Really Ahead? is a good examination of team standings, especially near the end of a season
  • Lesson Planet offers a ton of lesson plans supposedly related to the mathematics of baseball....585 of them!
  • An interview with mathematician Keith Devlin on NPR that focuses on the use of statistics in baseball
  • Ken Ross's syllabus for his course on Statistics and the Mathematics of Baseball, which includes a great list of references
  • Northwest Regional Labs provides a short essay om Baseball in Math Lingo.
  • NewScientist has an interesting view on how mathematics can be used to improve a batting line-up
If you know of other resources related to the mathematics of baseball, please send them to me for inclusion on this list.

Also, this review is a follow-up to my past reviews of football resources and basketball resources. In future months, I will do similar reviews for hockey, soccer, tennis, etc.