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Performance Measures

JC Bradbury Asks for Better Stats on TV

Classes start this week at Cal-State Bakersfield.  So I should have spent my day working on preparing either The Economics of Religion or Intermediate Macroeconomics (the two courses I teach this quarter).  But I would rather comment on three items I saw on three of my favorite blogs. These comments …

The Value of Simplicity

In The Wages of Wins we present measures of performance for both NBA players and NFL quarterbacks.  In presenting these measures we noted our objectives.  We wished to have metrics that were accurate and simple.  Obviously accuracy is important.  Performance measures are meant to tell us how individual players impact …

What Wins Produced Says and What It Does Not Say

The NBA tracks a variety of statistics to measure a player’s performance on the court.  NBA fans are familiar with points scored, rebounds, steals, assists, turnovers, blocked shots, etc… The difficulty with these statistics is that some players excel at some aspects of the game, but not at others.  And …

Wins Produced vs. Win Score

In our book we introduce two measures of performance, Wins Produced and Win Score.  A few days ago I posted a brief comment explaining Win Score.  Although the comment stated “It is important to note that this is not the same as Wins Produced,” a few readers of the Wages …

Simple Models of Player Performance

In this forum I have mentioned a few times different measures of performance we introduce in The Wages of Wins. It occurred to me that perhaps the stories I tell here would be easier to follow if I proved a few more details on the measures we introduced. Now detailing …