eBA Basketball Stats Annual Clinic ~ W. 12 • Clínica Anual eBA de Stats del Baloncesto ~ Sem. 12
eBA Basketball Stats Annual Clinic ~ W. 16 • Clínica Anual eBA de Stats del Baloncesto ~ Sem. 16
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Selected from the discussions during the 3rd work-month (May 2012) at the 'eBA Annual Basketball Statistics Clinic' about the "eBA Basketball Statistics Creative Analysis System" ~ Chapter IV "Basketball Statistics and Statisticians".
"... About Statistics & Methods: There is a general interpreted sensation that statistical knowledge is many times incorrectly used with intention, by finding ways to translate information from the observation that are favorably disposed to the presenter. A famous quote, included in our front-page, from former British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli is "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics."
In truth , the well-known book How to Lie With Statistics by Darrell Huff identify many cases of deceptive uses of statistics, concentrating on graphs designed to deceive either deliberately .
By choosing (or rejecting, or modifying) a certain sample, results can be manipulated; throwing out bad data values or local anomalies is one means of doing so ( eliminating one or more low performance games of a certain player from his season balance, is a known example ). This may be the result of without restrictions fraud or of complex, balanced and unintentional bias on the part of the statistician. Do you know the case of that point guard that at home plays, with the locals guys at the computers, had 11.1 assists per game... meanwhile on the road he served only 3.2 ? ..."
Reflexions on Basketball Statistics:
About the Basketball Team Statistician as a Full-time Professional Career
"... From the eBA Basketball Statistics Creative Analysis System requirements point of view the Basketball statistician must do this work on a full-time basis and must be eligible for a good compensation: as we are speaking about a professional career as a sports statistician. Although the reality show us that most persons who do sports statistics do this on a part-time basis and are paid, sometimes, only for the day for individual games.
It must be understood that the 'Basketball game analysis' is not a matter of collect sports results and provide the leagues and the media with significant information for their clients different and varied needs. ..."
"... The Basketball Team Statistician must have the skills to control, verify and examine once again his work all the time, in order to avoid mistakes.
He must confront all his work against the play-by-play, being vitally necessary a team work. ..."
"... The Basketball Team Statistician must be capable to read and understand a technical statisticians guide and make deep analysis having the ability to make sound decisions during the game. ..."
The Basketball Team Statistician as a Full-time Professional Career
About the Statistician and the Head Coach:
Meanwhile statistics may provide a road map, the coach during the game have to have the feel of the game. Statistician's numbers can help the coach understand what's going on, but during the game the coach is alone in front of the court.
In Basketball, no one is alone at home plate as in baseball, isolated against an opponent again and again like the batter-pitcher match-up. A Basketball player's shots vary in degree of difficulty based on his teammates' ability and willingness to set him up with a pass.
The statistician tries to measure those things by focusing on efficiency, both by a team and an individual. How often does a certain player make good things happen when he touches the ball ? How often does he keep bad things from happening on defense? Who gets better the more shots he takes? Who gets worse?
( Excerpts from the Exposition at the eBA Clinics: "Basketball Statistics & Statisticians" )
Next Meeting: Saturday 9h, May 2012 (see the Calendar). Till next month news !
Seleccionado de la discusiones durante el 3er. mes de trabajo (Mayo 2012) de la 'Clínica eBA Anual de las Estadísticas del Baloncesto' sobre el "Sistema eBA de Análisis Creativo de las Estadísticas del Baloncesto" ~ Capítulo IV "Estadísticas y Estadígrafos del Baloncesto".