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APBR_analysis@yahoogroups.com, bchaikin@a... wrote:

> Has anyone compiled such a thing? Is there research out there in

game theory

> journals that discuss this?

>

> is there really something such as a "game theory journal"? i've

seen journals

> for pretty much every branch of science, math, medicine, etc, but

to see

> something from academia that was actually keen to professional

sports would

> be neat...

Game theory comes about from sports, but also from politics. It

often focuses on political decisions. I know that was how I was

introduced to "game theory" -- through Poli Sci 12 in college. Game

theory rests on the fact that competing people have to outstrategize

the opponent. Consider what they will do and try to optimally select

a strategy to counter what they will do. The movie A Beautiful Mind

was about John Nash, whose Nash Equilibrium theory is one of the

centerpieces of game theory. This concept that there is an optimal

set of strategies given the nature of the rules of a game helps

determine both how to win and how to change the game so that the game

itself arrives at better results (perhaps socioeconomically better,

for example). Or, if we wanted to change basketball to increase

scoring, we could wing it or you could do a serious analysis of what

effect the rule changes may have, assuming that winning games is

still the goal of all teams, regardless of pace.

Besides that, I think SABR has an ongoing newsletter of baseball

research. Chance magazine has statistical studies with one almost

every issue on sports -- that's what I forwarded a little while ago.

I wasn't very impressed with that article on pace management,

though. They pretty much assumed the answer that they got, something

I discussed with schtevie offline for a while.

Not sure if there are any others.

DeanO