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Learning math and statistics through baseball.

Postby hsparikh » Fri Aug 02, 2013 1:12 pm

Folks,

First post here. To kick things off, I am passionate about STEM education and a big believer in empowering young learners to learn math and statistics around their favorite sports, teams, and players. I have started working on a web application that will allow learners to dig into the stats of their favorite baseball teams and players, and learn math and statistics concepts such as ratios, percentages, manipulation of numbers, and pre-algebra as they dig deeper into their favorite topics. Think of it was Fantasy Baseball for kids meets the math classroom.

A couple of topics that I have come up with so far are:
1. Player battle - compare various stats of two players and determine who is better overall
2. Team battle - compare various stats of two teams and determine which team is better overall
3. Player's performance - Is the player performing better or worse compared to last season?
4. Team's performance - Is the team performing better or worse compared to last season?
5. Future prediction - If the team continues to perform at the current rate, how will they end up this season?

I'd love to get some ideas from the gallery on what other interesting analyses can be done. If you are interested in checking out the preview of what this learning tool looks like, please pm me. Thanks!
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Re: Learning math and statistics through baseball.

Postby paisano1 » Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:00 pm

So you really want these kids to dig deep huh? I'll give you a good one.

Try to give each student a different major league baseball team and have them compile all the counting stats for each player on that team.....but here's the catch, just have them compile the stats for the weekend (friday,saturday, and sunday). Since all the counting stats for the whole year as well as many other splits are easily acquired through multiple web sites these weekend splits are not found anywhere.

Have them compile weekend stats from 2011-current and then see how they compare to there average throughout the entire year. You may end up finding lots of aberrations but then again maybe you'll find some cool patterns that show some guys are better during the week or some guys better on weekends.

Once the compiling of stats is finished have them figure out the percentage differential between weeks and weekends and have them rank high/low percentage players accordingly.

There are many sites you can go to, to access game logs. Good luck!
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Re: Learning math and statistics through baseball.

Postby JasonisFreng » Wed Dec 04, 2013 8:39 pm

Taking derivatives of a function modeling a players batting average game by game seeing how they have improved over the season. ;)
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