Thursday, May 2, 2013

Math is Cool, with Ryan Howard




DEFINITIONS 
Variance is the squared differences of the mean!
Mean is an average!
Rate is a ratio that compares values/quantities of two different units!

Example
The average number of walks by first basemen with at least 25 at bats is 9.1.
The average number of walks by first basemen with at least 40 at bats is 10.1.
The average number of walks by first basemen with at least 80 at bats (these tend to be everyday starters, if not stars) is 11.1.
The average rate of walks per plate appearance by a first baseman with at least 80 at bats is .1048 (10.5%).

Problem:
Ryan Howard has 99 at bats. Ryan Howard has 105 plate appearances. Ryan Howard has 3 walks. One of those was intentional.
  1. What is the Big Piece's rate of walks per plate appearance? 
  2. Is his number of walks greater than or less than the average for other first basemen with at least 25 at bats? 
  3. Is his number of walks greater than or less than the average for other first basemen with at least 40 at bats? 
  4. Is his number of walks greater than or less than the average for other first basemen with at least 80 at bats?
  5. What percentage of Ryan Howard's three walks are unintentional?
Don't give the answers away, Ryan!



Provide your answers in the comments, and don't forget to show your work. Particularly creative and/or thorough answers will be considered for extra credit.


16 comments:

  1. Problem? That's not a problem. <<>angryRuben.jpg>

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  2. Chicks Dig the long ball!!! Screw walks!!!

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  3. 1. oven roasted chicken
    2. black forest ham
    3. cold cut combo
    4. veggie delite
    5. b.l.t.

    subway doesn't give a damn about walks and neither should anyone else

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  4. What is the Big Piece's rate of walks per plate appearance? 3/105= .0285
    Is his number of walks greater than or less than the average for other first basemen with at least 25 at bats? Um. Less than.
    Is his number of walks greater than or less than the average for other first basemen with at least 40 at bats? Again: Less than.
    Is his number of walks greater than or less than the average for other first basemen with at least 80 at bats? Considerably less than.
    What percentage of Ryan Howard's three walks are unintentional? 67%

    I want me some ZWR Jawn.

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  5. 1: 2.9%
    2: less than
    3: less than
    4: less than
    5: 66.7%

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  6. The answer is "butt"

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  7. What is the Big Piece's rate of walks per plate appearance? Thing you don't understand is that Ryan Howard, like Delmon Young, is a baseball player.
    Is his number of walks greater than or less than the average for other first basemen with at least 25 at bats? He has 16 RBI. Thus runs don't walk themselves in.
    Is his number of walks greater than or less than the average for other first basemen with at least 40 at bats? Other first baseman aren't paid by # of swings per at bat minus foul balls. It's his weird contract that's to blame.
    Is his number of walks greater than or less than the average for other first basemen with at least 80 at bats? I simply deny the fact that any other first baseman has 80 at bats.
    What percentage of Ryan Howard's three walks are unintentional? Must be all of them because I'm sure he intends to swing every time.

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  8. X = bones a cheerleader, LOSER

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  9. What is the Big Piece's rate of walks per plate appearance? Did some work with the stop watch. RH averages 1.72 mph walking to the plate from the bullpen.
    Is his number of walks greater than or less than the average for other first basemen with at least 25 at bats? Do the clothes make a man?
    Is his number of walks greater than or less than the average for other first basemen with at least 40 at bats? Is Pluto still a planet?
    Is his number of walks greater than or less than the average for other first basemen with at least 80 at bats? Is a sandwich still a sandwich if Delmon Young has eaten half of it?
    What percentage of Ryan Howard's three walks are unintentional? RH is a hard determinist; 'intention' is a meaningless concept. He just lets the universe happen.

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  10. Yes, but have you seen how big his house will be?

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  11. Why walk when he can take a car?

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