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Author:Jonathan Sills; ESPN SportsZone
Description: A monthly column that explores the gray area between math and sports and what happens when exact calculations meet the human, unpredictable factors that make sports so entertaining. A combinatoric and probabilistic analysis of changes in World Cup soccer rules; an analysis of baseball pitchers' balls and strikes; a look at the PGA's method of determining membership/eligibility for its golf tour; point weightings and their overemphasis in individual ratings in basketball; the worst job in hockey (scheduling); statistics and fantasy baseball; who's really no. 1 in college football, and more.

Levels: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Articles
Math Topics: Combinatorics, Data Analysis, Probability, Statistics, Sports

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