Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Blog headers, cybercafes in Bandra, new ways of ranking batsmen, cricket ads, T-shirts with India-centric slogans

Sujatha has a nice pic for her blog's header.

Charu has a short post on the large scale transformation of cybercafes in Bandra, Mumbai, into gaming parlours. I just noticed that her blog's header also has a nice pic.

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Confused is impressed by Indian Cricket League's "genuinely funny ads."

Talking about cricket, Tim Harford points us to Vani K. Borooah and John Mangan's academic study (pdf) of ranking batsmen based on batting averages that take into account, among other things, the utility of their scores to their teams. Here's the abstract:

Batsmen in cricket are invariably ranked according to their batting average. Such a ranking suffers from two defects. First, it does not take into account the consistency of scores across innings: a batsman might have a high career average but with low scores interspersed with high scores; another might have a lower average but with much less variation in his scores. Second, it pays no attention to the “value” of the player’s runs to the team: arguably, a century, when the total score is 600, has less value compared to a half-century in an innings total of, say, 200. The purpose of this paper is to suggest new ways of computing batting averages which, by addressing these deficiencies, complement the existing method and present a more complete picture of batsmen’s performance. Based on these “new” averages, the paper offers a “new” ranking of the top 50 batsmen in the history of Test Cricket.

Fans of Sachin Tendulkar are unlikely to like the conclusions of this study!

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Blue is trying to monetize her recent four-month long stint in (and tour of) India.


  1. Blue said...

    Well, that's one way to drive up my site traffic. ^__^ Thanks!

    BTW -- when do we get Nanopolitan t-shirts?

    "Nanopolitan: It's Not An Ice Cream."


  2. Anonymous said...

    Here's another way of calculating stats for cricketers --

    -- Pratik

  3. புருனோ Bruno said...
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  4. புருனோ Bruno said...

    //Fans of Sachin Tendulkar are unlikely to like the conclusions of this study!//

    So do fans of Richards, Haynes, Gilchrist, Ponting and Hayden !!!!

    Lara, Andy flower played in a time when there was not a equal player of their calibre in their team....

    That is different for Ponting, Gilchrist, Hayden....

    In the same way, if we choose to Rank Bowlers, Anil Kumble and will be a better bowler than Ambrose and
    Akhtar better than Wasim (who had Imran and Waqar to Share his load)...

    And Kapil and Hadlee will top the list

    Try that !!!!

  5. Anonymous said...

    I agree with you on the ranking problem, there needs to be another way to rank players. Would make my Cricket Spread Betting much easier to way out!