Andrew’s always enjoining people to include their raw data. Jim Albert, of course, does it right. Here’s a recent post from his always fascinating baseball blog, Exploring Baseball Data with R,
The post “just” plots the raw data and does a bit of exploratory data analysis, concluding that the apparent trends are puzzling. Albert’s blog has it all. The very next post fits a simple Bayesian predictive model to answer the question every baseball fan in NY is asking,
P.S. If you like Albert’s blog, check out his fantastic intro to baseball stats, which only assumes a bit of algebra, yet introduces most of statistics through simulation. It’s always the first book I recommend to anyone who wants a taste of modern statistical thinking and isn’t put off by the subject matter,
- Jim Albert and Jay Bennet. 2001. Curve Ball. Copernicus.