14 Oct 2005
By now you know the name Ben Alamar: he helped with some of the statistical formulas in PFP 2005 and is involved in PROTRADE. He's also the editor of a new scholarly journal from Berkeley Electronic Press, the Journal of Quantatative Analysis in Sports. I'm on the editorial board along with some other names you might recognize, and I have a piece in the first edition called Football's Hilbert Problems. It's a quick look at some of the many issues that the nascent science of football research eventually needs to study, inspired by a similar baseball-related article that Keith Woolner wrote in Baseball Prospectus 2000. Also in the first edition: a review of K.C. Joyner's book by San Francisco 49ers Director of Football Operations Paraag Marathe, and an article on ranking college football teams.
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