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Questions about the methods of statistical analysis and resulting figures.

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Is there a connection between serious injuries/deaths in boxing and having one's father in one's corner?

In the commentary on the tragic 2005 Leavander Johnson/Jesus Chavez fight, which claimed the life of Leavander Johnson, commentator Jim Lampley said that there are two things that seem to be "constant"...
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What is the percentage of game won in alternating penalties format for team going first?

What is the percentage of game won in current format of alternating penalties for team going first in top European football competitions? Main reason for asking this question is ABBA system for ...
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How many people play water polo around the world?

I found the FIFA Big Count about soccer/football, but no similar number for water polo by FINA or any other source. What is a reasonable guesstimate? (If it improves the question, I can be more ...
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Are there statistics on whether finishing with a positive result has subsequent effect?

Watching golf today, the commentators were emphasizing that finishing with a good 18th hole was critical towards the next day's play. Got me wondering if there's any statistical evidence of that? ...
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Probability of winning after playing a 5 set match

In the 4 majors of Tennis, the men in the singles competition need to play the best of 5 sets. From what I have seen, is that if a player plays a 5 setter and wins, they are going to have less of a ...
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Are own goals considered when calculating goal conversion rate?

In football, goal conversion rate is calculated as the number of goals scored divided by the number of shots taken. Suppose the opposition scores an own goal in a game, or several such goals across a ...
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Is there a more complete baseball Leverage table?

I am interested in doing some baseball analysis with Leverage. I found Tom Tango's Leverage table from The Book as well as Baseball-Reference's data pages (e.g., this pitching page). However I ...
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How do you deal with skewed frequency in Hexagonal Shot Plots for NBA Players

So I've stumbled upon Kirk Goldsberry's shot plots and I find them very intriguing. Here's an example . I find these charts fascinating, so I decided to learn how to make these charts myself, except I ...
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What makes a Safety shot in snooker “successful”?

When watching a match of snooker, especially one where safety battles take place, the broadcaster will often display a "Safety Success" statistic for both players above the current score, or ...
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Average length of uninterrupted play in basketball

I am wondering, if there are any statistics about the average time a basketball game is "live", that means there is no whistle by the referee (dead ball) and no chance for the players to rest (even ...
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Is there a stat or resource that tracks series-wins in MLB?

Major League Baseball could obviously never have a team go undefeated (actually, I found out it did happen in 1869, so from now on let's just go with the live-ball era forward) because of the large ...
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Does the NHL provide guidelines for collecting stats?

Does the NHL or any other league provide guidelines for use by league statisticians? E.g. for giveaways, takeaways, checks, possession, etc.
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Basketball: will FG percentage revert to mean and continue trend at half time?

This is a stats questions. Imagine team A has a poor FG percentage at half time and team B has a good one, would you expect those rates to convert (mean reversion) or deviate further? Maybe there is ...
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Could Hawkeye tell us the probability of runs and wickets from a given ball?

Suppose the information recorded by Hawkeye was combined with information about the number of runs scored (including boundaries, but excluding overthrows) and wickets taken in each delivery. An ...
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Is there a name for the combined stats of Balls, Strikes, and Outs, as seen on many displays in baseball?

Baseball fields often have a display of the number of balls, strikes, and outs. Does this group have a name? As far as I can cell, "Count" refers to just balls and strikes and are for individual ...
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Is the success of some racial groups in some sports physiological or cultural?

For avoidance of doubt, I think all people are fundamentally the same and the only thing different is the colour of their skin. However, I've noticed that: All the recent 100m Olympic and World ...
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In which late-stage Grand Slam tennis matches has a single player won 200+ points?

Which Grand Slam matches, in the Round of 16 or later, have had 200 or more points won by a single player? Two known examples are Djokovic v. Wawrinka at Australian Open 2013: 209-200 Federer v. ...
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How to determine winning team from the MLB retrosheet “event” file?

As far as I can tell, there isn't a field in the event file (https://www.retrosheet.org/eventfile.htm) that states the winning team. By my understanding it could either be found from the game file (...
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How many times has a team put in to field scored a century on day 1?

In the current game between South-Africa and Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka was bowled out for 157 in 40 odd overs. Dean Elgar ended the day on 90 odd. This made me wonder how many times in test cricket have a ...
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How do you log in basketball stats a desperate shot attempt at shot clock buzzer?

In basketball, the 24 second shot clock buzzer is about to sound, team in possession of the ball throws it up towards the basket. According to some sources this not registered as a shot attempt. Now, ...
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Is there a database of soccer match stats which include VAR calls?

I am wondering if there is a database compiling match/player stats for leagues (or maybe UEFA Champions League) which have VAR in place. I'm particularly interested in stats surrounding VAR itself, ...
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Greatest percentage of breakaway goals scored: location of goal

For all goals scored in the NHL of the one-on-none variety (whether in-game breakaways or shootout goals), what location of the goalie getting beaten is the highest occurence? I would think top ...
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What is the NFL record for starting field position by kick returner

Can anyone find the NFL record for starting field position attributed to the primary kick returner? I've looked through several websites listing NFL records, to no avail. Specifically looking for ...
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Is there a statistical measure to compare objectivity across different sports?

Has there been any statistical metric devised to allow comparison on the 'objectivity' across sports? As an example, if a sport like chess has the vast majority of player actions, as well as the ...
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How often do shots hit the post and/or bar?

I am looking for sports intelligence (stats) for soccer shots hitting the post and/or bar. The leagues I'm tracking are the Bundesliga, EPL, La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1 (France) and MLS (USA). How many ...
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List of Safety Cars in Formula One Grand Prix

I couldn't find if there is a website or a place where there is a record of all numbers of safety cars/Virtual SC per formula one grand prix? Maybe also with the laps it was out?
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Has a golf hole ever gone an entire round in a full-field event without any score worse than par?

I noticed when watching the 2018 PGA Championship that the short par 3 3rd hole had 20 birdies and 25 pars so far during the day's play. And that got me to wondering... has a field ever gone perfect ...
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Probabilities of winning as a function of sets played

In tennis, what are the probabilities of winning a player has as a function of sets played? Examples: 1-0 in a 3 set game 2-1 in a 5 set game However, if you include psychology (such as winning the ...
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How can I download a season Baseball Reference data with player IDs?

Is there a simple way to download a season of player data from Baseball-Reference.com that includes their player ID? I can download data with the player names, but I need the player ID they use to ...