Hot Hand: The Statistics Behind Sports' Greatest Streaks

Hot Hand: The Statistics Behind Sports' Greatest Streaks

Alan Reifman


Upon witnessing a chain of remarkable (or lousy) performances, a activities fan or announcer may well ask yourself, What are the chances of that occuring? actually, statisticians have proven that, for the main half, athletic streaks ensue approximately as usually as will be anticipated through random probability. If one flips a coin one thousand instances, many “streaks” of consecutive heads (or tails) will take place alongside the way in which. This counterintuitive discovering means that the thought of momentum in activities is drastically overstated. After a quick preliminary starting place at the research of streaks and suitable tools of statistical research, Alan Reifman makes a speciality of genuine activities streaks, from the famous—Joe DiMaggio getting at the least one hit in fifty-six consecutive video games in 1941 and the la Lakers successful thirty-three directly video games within the 1971–72 season—to the fewer famous, comparable to the college of Dayton men’s basketball crew going 0-for-24 on three-point shot makes an attempt in a 2008 online game. Reifman additionally examines mental and physiological mechanisms in activities functionality, in addition to the results of these mechanisms for training and activity psychology perform. Thought-provoking for stats freaks and usual fanatics alike, Hot Hand illuminates probably the most attention-grabbing and little-understood phenomena in activities.

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