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Alumnus Rossman to Present Colloquium on Baseball

Posted on 10/22/2010 11:55:03 AM

Paul Rossman (M.S. Applied Math, 2008) will present a Mathematics Department colloquium titled “Talkin’ Baseball” on Tuesday, October 26, 2010, at 3:30 p.m. in Stright Hall, Room 302.

Baseball is a sport full of numbers and statistics. With a large sample size of a 162-game season, it also is a perfect atmosphere for advanced statistical analysis. Less than 1,000 players competed at the Major League level this past season, but more than 3,000 played in the minor leagues with the hope and ambition of making it to “the big show.” In reality, however, less than 10 percent of these players will actually accomplish that dream. This colloquium contends, using logistic regression, that a probability can be determined for each player in the minor leagues that predicts that player’s chances of making it to the major leagues.

Light refreshments will be provided.