Friday, August 24, 2012

On Becoming a Sportsmetrician

Wouldn't you know it!? No sooner had I posted about Analysing Olympic Medal Data than the latest issue of AmstatNews hit my (snail) mailbox. AmstatNews is the monthly magazine for members of the American Statistical Association.

In the STATtr@ck section, there's a nice article by Jim Albert, titled "Preparing for a Career as a Sports Statistician: Two Interviews With People in the Field".

Take a look if you have any inclination of  becoming a Sportsmetrician.

© 2012, David E. Giles

Analysing Olympic Medal Data

So, the London Olympics are over - with the Paralympics still to come, of course. Sports, and events such as the Olympic Games, generate lots of lovely data. It's also usually "hard" data. So, there's a cottage industry out there comprised of statisticians of all shapes and forms who love to work sports data.

The American Statistical Association has a Section for Statistics in Sport, publishes the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports, and provides access to some interesting sports data-sets.