Shut the F*%$ up about Sample Size

The analytics revolution in sports has led to profound changes in the way in which sports organizations think about their teams, players play the game, and fans consume the on-field product. Perhaps the best-known heuristic in sports analytics is sample size — the number…

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We measured team chemistry in the NBA. Unsurprisingly, Boogie is a bum

After talking about team chemistry forever, we finally put our science where our mouth is and developed a team chemistry monitoring system, the Team Chemistry Index (TCI). The TCI allows us to assess an individual player’s, as well as an overall team’s,…

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Team chemistry study conclusion: Let’s get defensive

What do you do when you’re stuck on a shitty team and you can’t leave?  Comparing yourself to a better team’s performance won’t help your self-esteem; in fact, it might make you feel worse about your team and its prospects. But, what if,…

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We’re using team chemistry to increase performance for a few college football teams

There’s an old adage in psychology that says, “the best predictor for future behavior is past behavior.” This formula pretty much sums up how sports analytics works: analytical minds compile players’ previous performances, and use them to build models to predict…

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The Cleveland Browns suck, but their TV ratings don’t

The Cleveland Browns have been a miserable football team, finishing over .500 once in the last 13 years. Yet despite their ineptitude, they’re managed to produce better TV ratings than half the league over the last 5 seasons including a…

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Bryce Harper is right — he’s not a leader

What follows is an excerpt from a recent conversation between our own Brendon Ellis, avid Bryce Harper fan, and Megan Mansfield, one of our (more level-headed) researchers. Bryce Harper Fan: Bryce Harper was the NL MVP last season, and he…

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The Rams are so Hollywood

The NFL’s use of analytics is like Colin Farrell’s acting career: It gets lots of attention, but it seriously lacks substance. Perhaps the latest statistical head scratcher is the Rams’ trade for the first overall pick in this year’s 2016…

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Psychology Says: Jared Goff is Overrated

In this year’s NFL draft, the Rams traded up for the first overall pick and are faced with a decision not so dissimilar from the one the Bucs dealt with last year. The Rams’ decision boils down to two QBs:…

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Team Chemistry is Planet Nine

Former planet Pluto is now categorized into a group called the “Trans-Neptunian Objects” – basically anything past Neptune, the last planet in our solar system. Some bloke realized that 6 of these Trans-Neptunian Objects had orbits that were out of…

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The sea breeze might be suppressing homers at Petco Park

Land and water tend to do two different things when it comes to heat – the land retains it, while water repels it. The land’s retention of heat gives way by the afternoon, causing the rising heat to create a…

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