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Monday math linksofrecordings

Tue, 29 Jun 2010 04:37:22 +0000

The Ulam spiral of primes.  Number theory gives me the chills (in a good way). Which extra time format encourages attacking play? Advertisements

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Diary of a US soccer fanofrecordings

Thu, 24 Jun 2010 03:06:04 +0000

5:15am. My alarm goes off.  You gotta be joking, right? 5:40am. I’m clean, dressed, and on my way to the BART.  The traffic lights aren’t even on yet. 5:45am. I reaaaaaally want some food and coffee. 6:00am. I arrive in the Mission and meet up with Coworker Mike. We chat while we wait for the […]

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I’ve waited four years for thisofrecordings

Wed, 23 Jun 2010 05:08:53 +0000

At some point during the Czech debacle in 2006– maybe after the second goal, maybe after the third– I felt an awful deflation when I realized the team was toast and there were four long years before their next shot.  Months of building anticipation led to nothing but forty-five ugly minutes.  Obviously that turned out […]

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In defense of drawsofrecordings

Tue, 22 Jun 2010 04:08:01 +0000

Chicago law professor Richard Epstein has some ideas to improve the laws of the game.  Permit me to quote him out of order.  First, he hates draws: it is only a matter of time before disappointed fans will start grousing about…frequent draws… Soccer officials took one step in the right direction by making a win […]

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Home field advantageofrecordings

Mon, 21 Jun 2010 04:07:20 +0000

In 2006, so long ago that I apparently still used Livejournal, I wrote: Remember how 2002 was so exciting and full of surprise teams? Many pundits seem relieved that the traditional powers are back on top; the strong performances from Korea and the USA were clearly flukes. .. or maybe the European teams were not […]

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WTF DCU?ofrecordings

Thu, 27 May 2010 02:23:29 +0000

Unstoppable in friendlies and USOC. Can’t buy a goal in a league match. (I can’t find anything to link to so: DCU 3-2 AC Milan, with only a few Milan starters out for World Cup duty. Woo!)

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Week 9 MLS previewofrecordings

Sat, 22 May 2010 19:21:50 +0000

Just a formality.  Who’s paying attention to MLS today? New England Revolution at Toronto FC. I can’t “preview” this, it’s going on right now.  Anyhow, do you remember a few years ago when the NBA was really unbalanced?  And seven of the top eight teams played in the West?  And the East was just a […]

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Monday math linksofrecordings

Tue, 18 May 2010 05:20:55 +0000

What exactly are all those real numbers? This reminds me of one of my favorite parts of studying math.  There are wayyyy more real numbers than rational numbers. It’s really hard to get a handle on what those “extra” numbers are, and yet you need all of them to do analysis. (Here “analysis” is a […]

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Shots on goal part 2: the binomial distributionofrecordings

Sun, 16 May 2010 20:10:39 +0000

Let’s say you and a hundred friends each have a quarter.  After marveling at your newfound wealth, you each flip your coin ten times and write down how many times heads came up.  A bunch of you end up with five heads, with four and six not far behind.  People with three or seven heads […]

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For the soccer infovis hall of fameofrecordingsThe World Cup predicted

Sat, 15 May 2010 20:29:53 +0000

Check this fantastic World Cup visualization from Section Design: I love this visualization– gorgeous and subtle.  But what of the model? The population/GDP thing is basically a way to measure a country’s resources.  It’s got nothing to do with soccer per se; you could use a similar model to estimate the number of Olympic medals […]

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