Questions about the methods of statistical analysis and resulting figures.

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What percent of shots on goal hit the crossbar in hockey?

It seems like a lot of shots hit the crossbar in hockey. Is this just my mind playing tricks on me, or do more shots hit the crossbar than might be expected for a bar a few inches wide set above a ...
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Is there a tennis statistic about set-winners depending on who serves first?

I have a feeling that serving first in a set is an advantage. Is there a statistic like "X % of the sets were won by the player who served first"?
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Are baseball game-winning hits off the bench becoming more common?

It seems that every day a player comes off the bench with runners in scoring position for a game-winning hit. Are these walkoffs in baseball becoming more statistically common? They are usually ...
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What is the percentage of goals scored during added time?

It could be just me, but I am getting the idea that more and more goals are scored during added time. I would like to see a stat to show if the chance of a goal in added time is higher than in regular ...
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Which soccer players have more goals than games at the club level?

Are there some football players who have better average than 1 goal per game in their club career? Or if we restrict only to one competition, not the whole career? Or to one season of a competition? ...
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League Wide Queryable Databases [closed]

Are there league wide queryable databases for any type of statistics for sports leagues? Does someone run them for MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA, BPL, la Liga etc.? Are they SQL queryable?
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In tennis, how much is the server's advantage diminished if the game goes to “deuce?”

In tennis, the person with the serve has a clear advantage. This is is certainly true at love-love, where four points are needed to win a game. A server who lets the game go to "deuce" has squandered ...
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How to Find Work In a Sports Research Room [closed]

I have had a passion and love of history and statistics since childhood and it is a goal of mine to work in a research room. How does one do this? It does not seems as though ESPN and other networks ...
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Any statistics that are no longer used?

In 1980, Major League Baseball started keeping track of a statistic called the game winning RBI. But due to controversy, they stopped keeping track of it after 1988. Are there any other statistics ...
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sports odds explanation for NFL

I'm looking at sports odds at for the first time and am a little confused. I understands that if ATS (against the spread) is negative, then the home team is predicted to win. Also, SP (spread) ...
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Is a top prospect usually called up at the beginning or middle of the season?

When it is known before the season starts that the team's top prospect will be called up that year, does it usually happen for Opening Day, or do they get the call later in the year? Also, are there ...
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How the strike rate is calculated if the bowler has not taken any wicket?

If a Bowler has bowled 100 balls in his career and has taken 0 wickets, then what is his bowling strike rate?
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Historic statistics

I've noticed baseball announcers, during an at-bat, using information on lifetime at-bats for the specific batter-pitcher combination. Have these statistics been extended into the past, to answer ...
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Sabermetrics Applied to American Football, Specifically the NFL

Sabermetrics and advanced stats have become a big part of baseball in the recent years. Defensive shifts are growing rapidly. "Old School" stats are becoming less relevant compare to "New School" ...
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Do team owners earn or spend money for their clubs?

Are there statistics that collect information about the cash flow of sports clubs? What I am wondering is, in general do the team owners have to spend money to manage the club, for passion, or can ...
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Athletes info during the competitions

How can a journalist find so much information and statistics about athletes during the competition, in sports like tennis/athletics/swimming or the Olympic Games? I think journalists can access a ...
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Percentage of possible yards traveled?

How would one go about calculating their own NFL stats? For instance, I want to calculate the percentage total possible yards a team could have traveled if they had scored a TD on every drive. ...
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Who is the best striker (best goals/appearances ratio) with 25/50/100+ national caps?

Zlatan Ibrahimovic recently had his 50 goals milestone (also a national record for Sweden) prior to with 100 appearance for the team. With 50 goals in 100 games he's averaging a goal in every second ...
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Are more runs scored in the seventh inning due to the “changeover”?

I have been told that more runs are scored in the seventh inning of baseball games than any other inning. The reason would be the "changeover." If the starter is still pitching the seventh inning, ...
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Football penalty shootouts: Germany wins 71% of the time, England 17% only. Any reason?

NB: the question got closed, so I posted it on Quora: https://www.quora.com/In-football-penalty-shootouts-Germany-wins-71-of-the-time-England-17-only-What-can-explain-this-trend?share=1 I was ...
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Why are runouts not recorded in cricket?

In international cricket, the number of catches taken by a player is recorded, but not the number of runouts effected by a player, even though effecting a runout is as important as taking a catch. Is ...
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What does the batting strike rate signify?

If player has batting strike rate of 300 what does that mean? If bowler has strike rate of 20 then we say he has taken 20 balls to take a wicket. what can we say in case of batsmen?
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Which is more likely to result in a goal: a penalty shot or a power play?

Statistically speaking, is a hockey team (in the NHL) more likely to score on a power play or with a penalty shot? Often times this is something I wonder when a player is tripped on a near breakaway ...
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Does the team with the extra rest day perform better?

In the World Cup 2014, the semi-finals were held on 8th/9th July, and the final will be on 13th July. This gives Germany an extra day to rest/prepare compared to Argentina. This has been mentioned by ...
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Does the penalty shoot out goal count as the person goal for a player?

I just want to know if the goal scored by a player during shoot out is counted as goal scored in the tournament or not. For example: the goal scored by Messi will be counted or not to become the ...
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Does stoppage time actually equal all non-playing time during a half?

After every half during a football (soccer) game, the refs add stoppage time to the clock to compensate for lost time due to injuries and penalties. But how closely does stoppage time equal real game ...
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Is World XI a full member of ICC

Is World XI team a full member of ICC like Australia, South Africa? Is its match considered international or domestic? Would the wickets,catches,runs etc scored by a player in World XI team be ...
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Heaviest loss of last four teams remaining in history of World Cup

Brazil just lost 1-7 to Germany in 2014 World Cup. What is the biggest loss ever among the top 4 teams in a world cup (that is biggest lost in the semifinals, 3rd place match or the final match)? Did ...
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Worst defeat of a host nation in world cup history

Brazil, host nation of world cup 2014, lost to Germany by 1-7. This seems very big defeat in term of goal difference. What is the worst defeat of a host nation in world cup history in terms of goal ...
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How do you compare the performance of wicket keepers?

Given two wicket keepers, how would you compare which one was better? With bowlers you can use statistics like number of wickets taken and with batsmen, you can use number of runs scored but with ...
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In the event of a tie, how are FedExCup points distributed among tied golfers?

Looking at the FedExCup point distribution, point values are assigned to golfers finishing in the 1st through 85th positions of a PGA Tour sanctioned tournament. However, in the event of a tie, how ...
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How is 'distance covered' tracked in football (soccer) at the World Cup and during other official competitions?

In most football leagues, and now the World Cup, distance covered is now a commonly-shared statistic. Are there trackers in the boots? Do the players have chips implanted in their brains? How is ...
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When is a sacrifice bunt a statistically “good” option?

In the past several years the sacrifice bunt has come under fire as a "waste of an at bat" and "lowering your chance to score." No one denies that outs are very valuable in baseball, but is it ever a ...
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Does football (soccer) require more calories than running?

Michael Bradley of the US team leads all athletes in "distance covered" during the group stage of the 2014 World Cup with 38 km (23.6 mi) in 270 minutes of play. That's about 8 mi per game (90 min), ...
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Rules about the contribution in super over on statistics

Do the contribution of players in super over influence their statistics? The runs scored, wickets taken, catches, run-outs, stumping... in super over Will they be added to their career ...
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How is an elite or ace pitcher defined in baseball? [closed]

If a staff hurler makes it to the big leagues they have demonstrated a high level of skill and produced quantifiable statistics such as ERA, wins, strikeouts, quality starts or FIP. But which commonly ...
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How to find “distance covered” for players during the World Cup?

I was curious about the in-depth player stats from yesterdays game, Brazil - Croatia (specifically to assess Ivan Perisic's impact in the game) and came across a bunch of sites that provide basic ...
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Scoring an American Football Game?

Is there an analog to baseball's scorecard for football? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baseball_scorekeeping
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What is the statistical disadvantage of playing a man down?

How much does it hurt a football (soccer) team to play a man down? What about two men down? How does that cost shift depending upon whether the team is up or down at the time of the penalty - does ...
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What percent of corner kicks turn into goals?

I have looked around for this statistic without luck. I just wondered what percentage of corner kicks actually result in a goal? Not necessarily straight in, but from the same passage of play. I have ...
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How is a bowler's average calculated?

How is a bowler's average calculated? For an example, Anil Kumble's test-match bowling average is 29.65. What does this number mean?
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Why do the Oakland As value a low strikeout rate?

Last year, the Oakland A's traded Grant Green to the Los Angeles As for Alberto Collaspo. Both had similar statistics (as of 2013), and both can play second base. (Collaspo has since been moved to ...
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Does the activity in IPL count by ICC?

I want to know, if a player takes wicket, scores runs etc. in IPL (Indian Premier League), will it be counted by ICC (In their record/history)?
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Offensive rebounding % on missed 3FG vs 2FG (NBA)

Amongst missed 3FG, what % are rebounded by the offensive team? Amongst missed 2FG, what % are rebounded by the offensive team? Is there a significant difference between these two percentages?
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Career of a cricketer

I need to clarify some doubts about the career of a cricketer. If a player played for Under-19 international matches, will they be added in his ODI career? If a player played any domestic matches ...
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How do NFL teams do in their last game if they have already clinched a playoff spot?

Do they tend to rest their good players so they don't have as many injuries going into the playoffs? Basically, I'm wondering if I should bet against teams with playoff locks if the matchup is ...
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Are there sports in which game theory is explicitly used?

Game theory [interactive decision theory] is mainly used in economics, political science, and psychology, as well as logic and biology. I believe that I know that tennis serving and football ...
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Do corner kick takers get an assist for a scored goal?

Does the player who delivers a corner kick to the box get an assist if the ball is scored directly from the kick? If not, how come they don't get an assist?
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Looking for an objective crybaby metric… Are there any NBA “complainer” statistics?

I was watching Heat vs. Knicks last night with a few friends, and each and every one of them is a LeBron hater. I'd understand if they disliked him because he abandoned his hometown and conspired with ...
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A new sabermetric baseball statistic?

Let's award a batter 2 points for a single, 3 pts for a double, 4 pts for a triple, and 5 pts for a homerun. To complete the statistic, let's award the batter 1 point for a walk, and 1 point ...