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Activity Number: 230
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 5, 2008 : 8:30 AM to 10:20 AM
Sponsor: Section on Statistics in Sports
Abstract - #302022
Title: Visualizing Managerial Strategies in Baseball
Author(s): Steve C. Wang*+
Companies: Swarthmore College
Address: Dept of Math and Stat, Swarthmore, PA, 19081,
Keywords: exploratory data analysis ; graphics ; cluster analysis ; sports ; multivariate analysis

Baseball fans intuitively know which individual players are similar or different. For example, Rickey Henderson and Tim Raines are similar to each other, whereas both differ from Mike Schmidt. But which managers are similar, and which are unusual, in terms of the strategies they employ? Is Joe Torre more similar to Terry Francona or to Bobby Cox? Which managers use their bullpen in unorthodox ways? Which managers play "little ball" most often? We address questions such as these by exploring data on managerial decisions using multivariate analyses and high-dimensional visualization.

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