statistics

sean forman posing before gold glove trophy

Baseball statistics website Baseball-Reference.com born at UI

Sean Forman started the site while earning his doctorate in mathematics
Baseball-Reference.com, the definitive online guide for baseball statistics, started out as a project that CEO Sean Forman worked on in his spare time while finishing his doctorate in mathematics at the University of Iowa. Tolerated by his non-baseball-fan advisor, the site is now Forman’s fulltime job.
students and faculty member discuss a statistical scenario

Academic Panoramic: Sports as statistical springboard

First-year honors seminar introduces mathematical techniques via athletics scenarios
Should a football team “go for it” on fourth down or punt the ball away? How in the world do you build the optimal fantasy football team? Jeff Ohlmann uses these scenarios as springboards toward better understanding of mathematical techniques and statistical probability in his first-year seminar, Sports Analytics.