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Stats Arguments

Uppercut

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The recent reduction in stats arguments in cricket chat is actually extremely overstated. If one was to look at the following table...
 

Top_Cat

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Members who post statistics in multiple threads instead of confining their stats postings to select threads are more consistent, and therefore better, posters.
 

vic_orthdox

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In the end, I think it's so utterly, incomprehensibly boring. There is so much context behind each innings of cricket that dissecting statistics into these small samples is just worthless. No-one has ever been faced with the same situation in which they come out to bat as someone else. Ever.
 

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In the end, I think it's so utterly, incomprehensibly boring. There is so much context behind each innings of cricket that dissecting statistics into these small samples is just worthless. No-one has ever been faced with the same situation in which they come out to bat as someone else. Ever.
Yup. Seeing the stats wars in CC reminds me of an old quote;

"An unsophisticated forecaster uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts - for support rather than for illumination."
 

GIMH

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In the end, I think it's so utterly, incomprehensibly boring. There is so much context behind each innings of cricket that dissecting statistics into these small samples is just worthless. No-one has ever been faced with the same situation in which they come out to bat as someone else. Ever.
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If I cbf I'd chop it up and get the individual letter counts, but I think I've made my point
 

Isura

U19 Vice-Captain
Cricket Chat is better off without them as seen in recent times.
I disagree strongly. I feel that anyone who takes such a strong stand against stats doesn't understand them well enough, and doesn't understand how cricket really works.

Using only stats as an argument = bad
Using stats incorrectly = bad
Stats used correctly, in context to support an argument = good.
 

Isura

U19 Vice-Captain
In the end, I think it's so utterly, incomprehensibly boring. There is so much context behind each innings of cricket that dissecting statistics into these small samples is just worthless. No-one has ever been faced with the same situation in which they come out to bat as someone else. Ever.
Fortunately, cricket isn't that complicated. We're talking about sequences of fairly independent events in an isolated environment. This isn't basketball, a game that's much much harder to quantify. Yet we have useful metrics to understand basketball. The problem is that very little statistical work has been done in cricket. Of course just quoting averages out of context doesn't add much to discussion..
 

Shri

Cricket Web: All-Time Legend
I disagree strongly. I feel that anyone who takes such a strong stand against stats doesn't understand them well enough, and doesn't understand how cricket really works.

Using only stats as an argument = bad
Using stats incorrectly = bad
Stats used correctly, in context to support an argument = good.
I challenge you to make Afridi look good as an ODI batsman with stats then. You might claim that he is a **** house player using stats but when it comes to match day, all stats go out the window. I grew out of rating players with their stats. Stats are only useful when rating players in the past or players who have played the game for a long time. Its absurd to analyse veteran players who are still playing the game unless you have a crystal ball.

Or for another example, CW's own blogger, Mattew Sinclair.:ph34r:
 

Richard

Cricket Web Staff Member
Wait wait wait... you're claiming Shahid Afridi isn't a terrible ODI (or Test, or anywhere else) batsman? :blink:

As for stats arguments, well without stats cricket is nothing so therefore if you want no stats arguments in CC then I suggest you attempt to bar arguments full-stop. And CC would be rather boring if a thread composed of an OP and 50 AWTAs.

If on the other hand you want to avoid the silly sort of things you see when KaZoH0lic and whoever-else get started, well it's pretty simple - just don't click on those threads once you know what's happening in them TBH.
 

zaremba

Cricketer Of The Year
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If I cbf I'd chop it up and get the individual letter counts, but I think I've made my point
On the face of it, your post is very strong on the number 50, GIMH. The competition, 243 and 1 only get one look-in each. However the first number 50 can be excluded due to the poor opposition and the second number 50 on the grounds that pitches are much more favourable for the number 50 in the last 8 years. And when you delete those two, there is not a single example of the number 50 in your post. None at all. You need more number 50s (continues...)
 

Lillian Thomson

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I disagree strongly. I feel that anyone who takes such a strong stand against stats doesn't understand them well enough, and doesn't understand how cricket really works.
Nonsense. It's the people who use them who don't understand how cricket works. Stats are useful as a factual account of what happened but when you see five pages of spreadsheets arguing that Warne was 0.000102 more effective than Murali if you remove "minnows" it's just completely spurious garbage. And not forgetting best of all the stats proving that Garry Sobers only took wickets because he bowled a lot.

Fortunately, cricket isn't that complicated.
Cricket is precisely that complicated as every single delivery is totally unique. If you want uncomplicated stats use sales of Nurse McReedie's Home Made Lentil Soup which is only reliant on profit margins and cold weather.
 

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Fortunately, cricket isn't that complicated. We're talking about sequences of fairly independent events in an isolated environment. This isn't basketball, a game that's much much harder to quantify. Yet we have useful metrics to understand basketball. The problem is that very little statistical work has been done in cricket. Of course just quoting averages out of context doesn't add much to discussion..
Statistics, ultimately, is based on the concept of trends being used for prediction..Surely if it's true that cricket is a series of independant events, that would make analysis much tougher and associated conclusions more rubbery?

To be honest, from the point of view of representation, cricket data lack internal validity. They describe at a very macro level what happened. I mean, you could say that the average distance the Apollo missions travelled was 384 403Km but that ignores all of the bazillions of other things that happened on the way which, if you wanted to, describe who performed their missions better. NASA measures those, cricket does not. The reasons for this are simple; in terms of deciding how many runs were scored/wickets taken by whom in determining the winner of the game, they serve their purpose.

Now, analysis of better players, etc. is far tricker and, from a research perspective, the data actually collected aren't totally useless but really are pretty vague approximation and should treated as such with appropriate caveats. Lots of them.
 
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