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 possibly ask yourself, What are the chances of that taking place? actually, statisticians have proven that, for the main half, athletic streaks happen approximately as usually as will be anticipated via random probability. If one flips a coin one thousand occasions, many “streaks” of consecutive heads (or tails) will take place alongside the best way. This counterintuitive discovering signifies that the idea of momentum in activities is vastly overstated. After a quick preliminary starting place at the learn of streaks and appropriate equipment of statistical research, Alan Reifman specializes in real activities streaks, from the famous—Joe DiMaggio getting no less than one hit in fifty-six consecutive video games in 1941 and the l. a. Lakers profitable thirty-three immediately video games within the 1971–72 season—to the fewer famous, akin to the college of Dayton men’s basketball group 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 enthusiasts alike, Hot Hand illuminates probably the most attention-grabbing and little-understood phenomena in activities.

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