Jason Osborne: Understanding Sports Through Statistics

Jason Osborne: Understanding Sports Through Statistics


Taking a quantitative view of a sport does
enhance the way I watch it. It enhances my enjoyment of it. Most baseball fans like to follow accomplishments of teams and players through their statistical summaries, so I’m like other baseball fans in that way. I always was an avid spectator of football
and basketball. Many, many teams are hiring people to do sports analytics at all
levels, and surely their practices or management is being driven by these
analyses. Increasingly in society we’re collecting information, collecting data. Statistics can be used to support or refute hypotheses. I think statistics is a
service discipline. We’re helpful to other sciences. It really does apply everywhere. I collect and analyze data to better our understanding of sports, and that’s how I
think and do at NC State.


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