MTH 1600

Sports Analytics
Fall 2017

Instructor: Dr. David Rosenthal
SJH 334C
Office hours:
Mondays 4:00-5:45 pm

Thursdays 9:15-10:30 am
Phone: (718) 990-2338

Download Course Outline here: [pdf]

** Review Session **
December 7, 10:00am-11:30am

Final Exam
December 11, 10:40am-12:40pm

Quiz Dates

Quiz #1: Thursday, October 5
Quiz #3: Monday, November 13
Quiz #2: Thursday, November 2
Quiz #4: Thursday, November 30


  St. John's Sports Analytics Seminar (Fall Schedule)  (Our go-to source of sports data for the course.)
  The Monty Hall Problem  PLAY ONLINE!
  New York Times article from April 8, 2008 relating The Monty Hall Problem to experiments in psychology: And Behind Door #1, A Fatal Flaw
  For more on The Monty Hall Problem see the article Monty Hall, Monty Fall, Monty Crawl.
  The Binomial Distribution:
  Play "Quincunx," created by Sir Francis Galton, for a visual demonstration of the Binomial Distribution.
  Here is a photo of an actual Galton Board.
  Useful link for understanding the Binomial Distribution and its relationship to the Normal Curve.

Student's t-distribution:
  Image of Student's t-distribution for various degrees of freedom and their relationship to the Normal Curve.
Here is an interactive demonstration of Student's t-distribution.

Interesting Articles

Can New Technology Bring Baseball's Data Revolution to Fielding? by Bruce Schoenfeld (The New York Times - September 30, 2016)

Why are some stats like baseball's 'exit velocity' this year embraced more than others? by Jay Caspian Kang (The New York Times - August 29, 2017)

How is Total QBR calculated? We explain our quarterback rating by Sharon Katz and Brian Burke (ESPN - July 24, 2017)

Mathletes: Eagles' analytics team has an in-game line to Doug Pederson by Tim McManus (ESPN - September 27, 2017)

DataBall by Kirk Goldsberry (Grantland - February 6, 2014)

How Passing and Rushing Affect Winning in the NFL by Dr. Ed Feng (The Power Rank - January 10, 2014)

The Charcuterie Board That Revolutionized Basketball by Baxter Holmes (ESPN The Magazine - October 11, 2017)

When To Go For 2, For Real by Benjamin Morris (Five Thirty Eight - February 3, 2017)


Worksheet #1 (September 14) [pdf]
Worksheet #4 (October 26) [pdf]
Worksheet #2 (September 21) [pdf]
Worksheet #5 (November 2) [pdf]
Worksheet #3 (October 20) [pdf]
Worksheet #6 (November 16) [pdf]

Case Studies

Case Study #1: (Due November 9) [pdf]
Case Study #2: (Due November 20) [pdf]
Case Study #3: (Due November 30) [pdf]

CAPSTONE PROJECT: (Due December 11) [pdf]

Homework Assignments

"Baseball is 90% mental... the other half is physical." Yogi Berra

Homework #1: (Due Thursday, September 7) [pdf]
Homework #4: (Due Thursday, September 28) [pdf]
Homework #2: (Due Monday, September 11) [pdf]
Homework #5: (Due Monday, October 23) [pdf]
Homework #3: (Due Thursday, September 21) [pdf]
Homework #6: (Due Monday, December 4) [pdf]

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