Sports is a game of numbers. Statistician experts Eric Bradlow, Shane Jensen, Cade Massey, and Adi Wyner team up to tackle the world of sports, from current events to longstanding issues such as: What sports streaks are the most impressive? How do you rank the best players? Can athletes be compared across sports? Wharton Moneyball explains how decision makers in the game can avoid the common mistakes and embrace the data.

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  • Past Guest Wed 5/24
    Matthew Reiciher

    Head Athletic Trainer and Exercise Sceintists
    NY Sports Science Lab

  • Past Guest Wed 5/17
    Luke Bornn

    Vice President of Strategy and Analytics
    the Sacramento Kings

  • Past Guest Wed 5/17
    Rick Peterson

    Director of Pitching Development
    Baltimore Orioles

  • Past Guest Wed 5/10
    Ben Hansen

    Chief Technology Officer, Lead Developer of motusBASEBALL
    motus

  • Past Guest Wed 5/10
    Rick Ankiel

    Former MLB Pitcher and Outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals; Author of "The Phenomenon: Pressure, the Yips, and the Pitch that Changed My Life"

  • Past Guest Wed 5/3
    Jeff Seder

    Founder & CEO
    EQB & Houyhnmhmn Stables

  • Past Guest Wed 5/3
    Rick Peterson

    Director of Pitching Development
    Baltimore Orioles

  • Past Guest Wed 4/26
    Lionel Page

    Professor of Economics, Head of the Queensland Behavioural Economics Group, School of Economics and Finance
    Queensland University of Technology

  • Past Guest Wed 4/26
    Bill Connelly

    NCAA Football, Basketball, and Tennis Contributor; Author of "The 50 Best College Football Teams of All Time"
    SBNation

  • Past Guest Wed 4/19
    Julian Wolfson

    Assistant Professor, Division of Biostatistics
    School of Public Health, University of Minnesota

  • Past Guest Wed 4/19
    Vittorio Addona

    Associate Professor, Survival Analysis and Sports Statistics
    Macalester College

  • Past Guest Wed 4/19
    Rick Peterson

    Director of Pitching Development
    Baltimore Orioles

Hosts

Eric BradlowEric Bradlow

Professor Eric Bradlow is co-director of the Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative. Professor Bradlow uses high-powered statistical models to solve problems on everything from Internet search engines to product assortment issues. Specifically, his research interests include statistics, marketing research, marketing management and data analysis, as well as any material related to customer analytics. Bradlow was recently named a fellow of the American Statistical Association and the American Educational Research Association.

Shane JensenShane Jensen

Professor Shane Jensen is co-director of Wharton’s PhD program and an associate professor of statistics. His research covers applications in bioinformatics, Bayesian multi-level modeling, and statistics in sports, including developing novel statistical models for the comparison of baseball players in terms of on-field performance, evaluation of fielding ability as well as prediction of future hitting and pitching performance, and quantifying player performance in hockey.

Cade MasseyCade Massey

Professor Cade Massey works at the intersection of psychology and economics to investigate how behavior departs from rational models. A Wharton practice professor in Operations and Information Management, his expertise is judgment under uncertainty, with a focus on optimism, overconfidence, and learning. His research is based on both laboratory experiments and archival studies of “real world” behavior, such as the draft picks of professional football teams and the investment decisions of employees holding stock options.

Adi WynerAdi Wyner

Professor Abraham Wyner is chair of the Wharton undergraduate program in statistics and a tenured Associate Professor and the Chair of the Undergraduate Program in Statistics for the University of Pennsylvania. His principle focus at Wharton has been research in Applied Probability, Information Theory and Statistical Learning. Professor Wyner has participated in numerous consulting projects in various businesses, including as one the earliest consultants for TiVo, Inc, where he helped develop early personalization software. Dr. Wyner created some of the first on-line data summarization tools, while acting as CTO for Surfnotes, Inc. His interest in sports statistics has led to a collaboration with ESPN where Dr. Wyner was the PI on the ESPN-funded MLB player evaluation research project.

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