So last Friday, I gave a talk at Carleton University. Here is the abstract:
Recently there has been a good deal of interest in the use of statistical methods and statistical thinking in sports. Work of this kind has been going on for many many years though often behind the scenes. With the publication of Michael Lewis’ Moneyball and the subsequent movie of the same name, the interest in this kind of work has grown extensively. Further evidence of this can be found in the increased number of conferences devoted to the topic and the increased use of these topics in the sports media. In this talk, I will begin with an overview of sports analytics including a discussion of the general approaches and methods. Having done that, I will discuss two examples from my own recent work: Rink effects in the NHL and NHL player ratings.
Thanks to Shirley Mills at Carleton University for the invitation to speak and for lunch. Thanks to her students for some enlightening conversations. Was also nice to see some folks I know from the Canadian Border Services Agency in the audience.
Here are the slides from that talk.