Workshop on Teaching with Sports Examples at JSM

Jim Albert
Bowling Green University

Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
Volume 7, Number 2 (Spring 2001)

On Sunday, August 5, I will be offering a workshop on "Teaching Statistics with a Baseball/Sports Emphasis". This workshop describes the content of a recent introductory statistics course I taught at Bowling Green State University from a baseball perspective. One goal of the class is to make statistics fun by teaching the material in the context of baseball. This class is taught to students who are genuinely interested in baseball, but may not be familiar with many of the common baseball statistics that are used to rate hitters and pitchers. The topics of this course include data analysis for one and two variables, elementary probability, and topics in statistical inference. I'll describe special features of the course, including comparison of teams and players, and simulation of games by means of tabletop games. Although the focus of the workshop is on baseball, I will discuss a number of datasets and associated activities for other sports such as basketball, football, and soccer. Resources for teaching sports statistics class are outlined, including data sources on the Internet and courses taught at other universities. See my web site ( for lecture notes from the class I taught last fall.

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