Visualizing Baseball

Author: Jim Albert
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 1351370227
Category: Mathematics
Page: 142
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Visualizing Baseball provides a visual exploration of the game of baseball. Graphical displays are used to show how measures of performance, at the team level and the individual level, have changed over the history of baseball. Graphs of career trajectories are helpful for understanding the rise and fall of individual performances of hitters and pitchers over time. One can measure the contribution of plays by the notion of runs expectancy. Graphs of runs expectancy are useful for understanding the importance of the game situation defined by the runners on base and number of outs. Also the runs measure can be used to quantify hitter and pitch counts and the win probabilities can be used to define the exciting plays during a baseball game. Special graphs are used to describe pitch data from the PitchFX system and batted ball data from the Statcast system. One can explore patterns of streaky performance and clutch play by the use of graphs, and special plots are used to predict final season batting averages based on data from the middle of the season. This book was written for several types of readers. Many baseball fans should be interested in the topics of the chapters, especially those who are interested in learning more about the quantitative side of baseball. Many statistical ideas are illustrated and so the graphs and accompanying insights can help in promoting statistical literacy at many levels. From a practitioner’s perspective, the chapters offer many illustrations of the use of a modern graphics system and R scripts are available on an accompanying website to reproduce and potentially improve the graphs in this book.

The Mental Game Of Baseball

A Guide to Peak Performance
Author: H. A. Dorfman,Karl Kuehl
Publisher: Taylor Trade Publications
ISBN: 1888698543
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 360
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In this book, authors H.A. Dorfman and Karl Kuehl present their practical and proven strategy for developing the mental skills needed to achieve peack performance at every level of the game.


Improving How We Visualize and Analyze Data, One Chart at a Time
Author: Andy Kriebel,Eva Murray
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1119510724
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 496
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Explore different perspectives and approaches to create more effective visualizations #MakeoverMonday offers inspiration and a giant dose of perspective for those who communicate data. Originally a small project in the data visualization community, #MakeoverMonday features a weekly chart or graph and a dataset that community members reimagine in order to make it more effective. The results have been astounding; hundreds of people have contributed thousands of makeovers, perfectly illustrating the highly variable nature of data visualization. Different takes on the same data showed a wide variation of theme, focus, content, and design, with side-by-side comparisons throwing more- and less-effective techniques into sharp relief. This book is an extension of that project, featuring a variety of makeovers that showcase various approaches to data communication and a focus on the analytical, design and storytelling skills that have been developed through #MakeoverMonday. Paging through the makeovers ignites immediate inspiration for your own work, provides insight into different perspectives, and highlights the techniques that truly make an impact. Explore the many approaches to visual data communication Think beyond the data and consider audience, stakeholders, and message Design your graphs to be intuitive and more communicative Assess the impact of layout, color, font, chart type, and other design choices Creating visual representation of complex datasets is tricky. There’s the mandate to include all relevant data in a clean, readable format that best illustrates what the data is saying—but there is also the designer’s impetus to showcase a command of the complexity and create multidimensional visualizations that “look cool.” #MakeoverMonday shows you the many ways to walk the line between simple reporting and design artistry to create exactly the visualization the situation requires.

Analyzing Baseball Data with R, Second Edition

Author: Max Marchi,Jim Albert,Benjamin S. Baumer
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 1351107089
Category: Mathematics
Page: 342
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Analyzing Baseball Data with R Second Edition introduces R to sabermetricians, baseball enthusiasts, and students interested in exploring the richness of baseball data. It equips you with the necessary skills and software tools to perform all the analysis steps, from importing the data to transforming them into an appropriate format to visualizing the data via graphs to performing a statistical analysis. The authors first present an overview of publicly available baseball datasets and a gentle introduction to the type of data structures and exploratory and data management capabilities of R. They also cover the ggplot2 graphics functions and employ a tidyverse-friendly workflow throughout. Much of the book illustrates the use of R through popular sabermetrics topics, including the Pythagorean formula, runs expectancy, catcher framing, career trajectories, simulation of games and seasons, patterns of streaky behavior of players, and launch angles and exit velocities. All the datasets and R code used in the text are available online. New to the second edition are a systematic adoption of the tidyverse and incorporation of Statcast player tracking data (made available by Baseball Savant). All code from the first edition has been revised according to the principles of the tidyverse. Tidyverse packages, including dplyr, ggplot2, tidyr, purrr, and broom are emphasized throughout the book. Two entirely new chapters are made possible by the availability of Statcast data: one explores the notion of catcher framing ability, and the other uses launch angle and exit velocity to estimate the probability of a home run. Through the book’s various examples, you will learn about modern sabermetrics and how to conduct your own baseball analyses. Max Marchi is a Baseball Analytics Analyst for the Cleveland Indians. He was a regular contributor to The Hardball Times and Baseball Prospectus websites and previously consulted for other MLB clubs. Jim Albert is a Distinguished University Professor of statistics at Bowling Green State University. He has authored or coauthored several books including Curve Ball and Visualizing Baseball and was the editor of the Journal of Quantitative Analysis of Sports. Ben Baumer is an assistant professor of statistical & data sciences at Smith College. Previously a statistical analyst for the New York Mets, he is a co-author of The Sabermetric Revolution and Modern Data Science with R.

Health and Wellness

Author: Gordon Edlin,Eric Golanty
Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Publishers
ISBN: 1449662846
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 810
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The 10th edition of Health & Wellness provides a holistic view of what it really means to be healthy today. The text draws a parallel between the behaviors, social and physical environment as well as the positive mind and body attitude necessary to achieve a healthy, happy lifestyle. Several features have been developed to help students learn and understand the concepts of health and wellness in the text such as Learning Objectives, Self-assessments, key terms, epigrams and health tips. Chapters conclude with Critical Thinking about Health and encourage students to answer questions and explore their own opinions on health topics. End of chapter material includes Health in review – brief review of the chapter, Health and Wellness online a glimpse at the resources available on the web, References, Suggested readings, and recommended websites. Important Notice: The digital edition of this book is missing some of the images or content found in the physical edition.

The Conscious Brain

How Attention Engenders Experience
Author: Jesse J. Prinz
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199977070
Category: Psychology
Page: 416
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The problem of consciousness continues to be a subject of great debate in cognitive science. Synthesizing decades of research, The Conscious Brain advances a new theory of the psychological and neurophysiological correlates of conscious experience. Prinz's account of consciousness makes two main claims: first consciousness always arises at a particular stage of perceptual processing, the intermediate level, and, second, consciousness depends on attention. Attention changes the flow of information allowing perceptual information to access memory systems. Neurobiologically, this change in flow depends on synchronized neural firing. Neural synchrony is also implicated in the unity of consciousness and in the temporal duration of experience. Prinz also explores the limits of consciousness. We have no direct experience of our thoughts, no experience of motor commands, and no experience of a conscious self. All consciousness is perceptual, and it functions to make perceptual information available to systems that allows for flexible behavior. Prinz concludes by discussing prevailing philosophical puzzles. He provides a neuroscientifically grounded response to the leading argument for dualism, and argues that materialists need not choose between functional and neurobiological approaches, but can instead combine these into neurofunctional response to the mind-body problem. The Conscious Brain brings neuroscientific evidence to bear on enduring philosophical questions, while also surveying, challenging, and extending philosophical and scientific theories of consciousness. All readers interested in the nature of consciousness will find Prinz's work of great interest.

Advances in Artificial Reality and Tele-Existence

16th International Conference on Artificial Reality and Telexistence, ICAT 2006, Hangzhou, China, November 28 - December 1, 2006, Proceedings
Author: Ronghua Liang,Zhigeng Pan,Adrian Cheok,Michael Haller,Rynson W.H. Lau,Hideo Saito
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 3540497765
Category: Computers
Page: 1350
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This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Artificial Reality and Telexistence, ICAT 2006, held in Hangzhou, China in November/December 2006. The 138 revised papers cover anthropomorphic intelligent robotics, artificial life, augmented reality, distributed and collaborative VR system, motion tracking, real time computer simulation virtual reality, as well as VR interaction and navigation techniques.

Smart Baseball

How Professionals Play the Mental Game
Author: Buddy Bell,Neal Vahle
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1466854952
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 304
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What goes on in a baseball player's mind is critical to the outcome of the game. Since most major leaguers are in peak physical condition, the difference between success and failure on the field often depends on a player's mental approach. Looking at everything from a player's confidence to his leadership skills, instincts, and hunches, Smart Baseball uses entertaining anecdotes to get inside the mind of baseball's greats and show fans what goes through a player's head when he steps onto the field. Smart Baseball presents the knowledge and accumulated experience of one of the few three-generation baseball families---the Bells. In addition, this book is full of insights from more than one hundred of Major League Baseball's greatest players---from Willie Mays to Barry Bonds to Ferguson Jenkins. A fascinating and informative look at what goes on in the psyche of professional baseball players as they play the game, Smart Baseball is a unique chance for baseball fans to see what it takes for ballplayers to succeed at the Major League level.

Innovative Mental Toughness Training for Baseball

Visualization Techniques to Reach Your True Potential
Author: Joseph Correa (Certified Meditation Instructor)
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781512270792
Page: 144
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Innovative Mental Toughness Training for Baseball will significantly change how hard you can push yourself mentally and emotionally through visualization techniques taught in this book. Want to be the best? To be the best you have to train physically and mentally to your maximum capacity. Visualizing is commonly thought of as an activity that cannot be quantified which makes it harder to see if you are improving or making a difference, but in reality visualizing will increase your chances of success much more than any other activity. You will learn three visualization techniques that are proven to improve your performance under any situation. These are: 1.Motivational Visualization Techniques. 2.Problem Solving Visualization Techniques 3.Goal Oriented Visualization Techniques. These baseball visualization techniques will help you: -Win more often. -Become mentally tougher. -Outlast the competition. -Get to the next level. -Recover faster and train longer. How is this possible? Visualizing will help you to better control your emotions, stress, anxiety, and performance under pressure situations that are often the difference between success and failure. Bringing out the best in yourself in any sport and reaching your true potential can only happen through a balanced training regimen which should include: mental training, physical training, and proper nutrition. Why aren't more people using visualizations to enhance their performance in baseball? There are a number of reasons but the truth is most people have never tried it before and are afraid to try something new. Others don't think that improving their mental capacity will make a difference but they are wrong. Practicing visualization techniques for baseball on a regular basis will allow you to: -Increase your lung capacity by helping you relax muscle tension and decrease workload. -Recover faster after training or competing through breathing techniques that will reduce muscle stress. -Overcome pressure situations. -Train harder and longer without getting as tired. -Reduce your chances of getting cramps and muscle tears. -Improve control over your emotions under stressful conditions. -See results you never thought possible. Visualizing is hard work and requires constant practice which is why only the best do it and take all the glory. Be the best you can be by pushing yourself to your mental limit using visualizations.

Baseball and Philosophy

Thinking Outside the Batter's Box
Author: Eric Bronson,William Irwin
Publisher: Open Court
ISBN: 0812697758
Category: Philosophy
Page: 300
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Baseball and Philosophy brings together two high-powered pastimes: the sport of baseball and the academic discipline of philosophy. Eric Bronson asked eighteen young professors to provide their profound analysis of some aspect of baseball. The result offers surprisingly deep insights into this most American of games. The contributors include many of the leading voices in the burgeoning new field of philosophy of sport, plus a few other talented philosophers with a personal interest in baseball. A few of the contributors are also drawn from academic areas outside philosophy: statistics, law, and history. This volume gives the thoughtful baseball fan substancial material to think more deeply about. What moral issues are raised by the Intentional Walk? Do teams sometimes benefit from the self-interested behavior of their individual members? How can Zen be applied to hitting? Is it ethical to employ deception in sports? Can a game be defined by its written rules or are there also other constraints? What can the U.S. Supreme Court learn from umpiring? Why should baseball be the only industry exempt from antitrust laws? What part does luck play in any game of skill?

Network Graph Analysis and Visualization with Gephi

Author: Ken Cherven
Publisher: Packt Pub Limited
ISBN: 9781783280131
Page: 116
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A practical, hands-on guide, that provides you with all the tools you need to visualize and analyze your data using network graphs with Gephi.This book is for data analysts who want to intuitively reveal patterns and trends, highlight outliers, and tell stories with their data using Gephi. It is great for anyone looking to explore interactions within network datasets, whether the data comes from social media or elsewhere. It is also a valuable resource for those seeking to learn more about Gephi without being overwhelmed by technical details.

More Hold'em Excellence

A Winner for Life
Author: Lou Krieger
Publisher: ConJelCo LLC
ISBN: 9781886070134
Category: Games
Page: 188
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Goes beyond the basics; it takes readers into the mind and decision-making processes of professional poker players by providing solid information and advice on a broad spectrum of sophisticated topics.

Seeing and Visualizing

It's Not what You Think
Author: Zenon W. Pylyshyn
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262162173
Category: Medical
Page: 563
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How we see and how we visualize: why the scientific account differs from our experience.

Visualizing the Semantic Web

Xml-Based Internet and Information Visualization
Author: Vladimir Geroimenko,Chaomei Chen
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9781852335762
Category: Computers
Page: 202
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Part I Semantic, Visual and Technological Facets of the Second Generation Web: The XML Revolution and the Semantic Web; Information Visualization versus the Semantic Web; Ontology-based Information Visualization; Topic Maps Visualization; Web Rendering Systems - Techniques, Classification Criteria and Challenges; SVG and X3D - New XML Technologies for 2D and 3D Visualization. Part II Visual Techniques and Applications for the Semantic Web: Visual Interfaces for Semantic Information Retrieval and Browsing; Interactive Visualization of Paragraph-Level Metadata to Support Corporate Document Use; Web Services - Description, Interfaces and Ontology; Recommender Systems for the Web; Interactive Interfaces for Mapping E-commerce Ontologies; Using Scalable Vector Graphics and Geographical Information Systems in a Back Pain Study; Concluding Remarks - Today's Vision of Envisioning the Semantic Future.

Visualizing Modern China

Image, History, and Memory, 1750–Present
Author: James A. Cook,Joshua Goldstein,Matthew D. Johnson,Sigrid Schmalzer
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 073919044X
Category: History
Page: 306
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This book is a teaching textbook for both lower and upper level courses on modern Chinese history and/or modern visual culture. With fourteen chapters of well-illustrated original scholarship, the contributors introduce key themes of modern Chinese history while providing students with critical thinking skills in visual studies and analysis.

Great Athletes

Author: Salem Press
Publisher: Salem PressInc
ISBN: 9781587654831
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 380
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Features athletes who excel in sports associated with the Summer and Winter Olympics.