What I’m Reading: April 2016

With opening day at Fenway in less than a week, I figured it’s a good time for me to crack open this book: Understanding Sabermetrics: An Introduction to the Science of Baseball Statistics. If anyone knows any better books on the topic, I’d love to hear it!

Somewhat related, an interesting paper on the Gambler’s Fallacy with baseball umpires and asylum judges, among others.

James the lesser passed on this interesting link about that “simple abstracts get cited more often” paper.  There was a lot of assumptions going in to the model that came to that conclusion right there, and we all know those never go wrong.

Speaking of abstracts, this post on how to read a scientific paper was really good.

There was an interesting discussion over at West Hunter recently about the replication crisis in social psychology. In the comments section there was a lot of discussion about learning statistics and if that would help people think more rationally or not. I thought of that when I ran in to this article (about a year old) attempting to coin the term “dysrationalia” for those who are intelligent, but have trouble being rational. I need to start using that phrase.

Related new life goals: eventually get a job title as cool as “professor for the public understanding of risk“.