Tag: statistics

Hopkins Researchers Analyze Stat-Padding in Baseball



Baseball would benefit from a new statistical category designated for “meaningless” moments in ballgames that are lopsided beyond repair, according to a team of computer science researchers from Johns Hopkins University.

Statistics Show People Who Leave DC Love Moving to Baltimore

The spectacular view from the rooftop deck at 2 East Wells is second to none!
The spectacular view from the rooftop deck at 2 East Wells is second to none!

We’ve heard about the MARC commute, lower cost of living and the dive bars that make Baltimore a solid choice for people looking to live outside DC. Now the numbers back it up. 

It’s Not Just Murders That Are Up in Baltimore


crime scene

As you’ve likely heard, Baltimore has already surpassed its highest-ever per capita murder rate. But the city’s problems in 2015 went beyond just murder.

Baltimore Orioles Just Announced Someone’s Dream Job

Photo via Wired
Photo via Wired

This is not my dream job — but only because I don’t really like baseball (sorry!), or statistics (not sorry!). But perhaps you know someone out there who does? An Orioles-obsessed math whiz, the kind of person who obsessively makes sports-centric spreadsheets and thinks Moneyball is the best movie ever made? If so, let him/her know that the Baltimore Orioles are hiring.

The official job title is “Baseball Analytics Consultant,” and here’s what the O’s say they want:

These Stats on Baltimore’s Murder Victims Might Surprise You



In August, 2012, a middle-aged, white Mt. Vernonite was shot and killed in his neighborhood. The city’s shock and outrage highlighted a disparity in how local media reacted to murders, Baltimore City Paper editor Evan Serpick wrote at the time:  “When a white per­son is killed or is the vic­tim of a serious crime, as with the hap­less tourist whose beat­ing and robbery were captured on down­town secu­rity cam­eras ear­lier this year, it is front-page news, and the source of angst: Is our city safe? It’s hard not to trans­late the sub­text of that angst to, Is our city safe for white peo­ple? Because if the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion was con­cerned about whether or not the city was safe for black peo­ple, there would be a whole lot more vig­ils and angst.”

Several of our very own commenters gave what’s become a typical response: “Innocent victims” deserve vigils, but most of Baltimore’s murder victims are probably somehow themselves to blame — they’re involved in drugs or gangs or other criminal activity. But in a year-end analysis of Baltimore’s 235 homicides in 2013, Baltimore Sun crime reporter Justin Fenton found that just 3 had a known drug motive, and 30 victims were verified gang members. In 164 cases, the motive was listed as “unknown.”

This Week in Research: Super Bowl Edition



It’s easy to figure out who will win the Super Bowl. Just calculate the average point difference that occurs each season when AFC and NFC teams play one another, average these figures annually to determine which conference was stronger, plot it on a graph, and track the corresponding Super Bowl victories. Simple!

Never Before Seen Data Sets! Burger Bars! A Hacker’s Paradise at Groundwork This Weekend


Baltimore is the nation’s 3rd-dirtiest city; Hampden is the 15th-hippest neighborhood. These seemingly random rankings gain heft and authority from the magic of numbers otherwise known as statistics. And now you, too, can benefit from the wonder of NEVER BEFORE SEEN statistics with the help of the smarties at gb.tc (or what was once known as the Greater Baltimore Technology Council). And yes, the schedule includes time for both “schmoozing” and a burger bar.

Baltimore Ravens Hire an Official Team Nerd

But what is the statistical advantage of Joe Flacco’s mustache?

The Ravens coaching staff is pulling out all the stops this year. First, it was an innovative pro-sleep policy. And now, they’ve added an official “math whiz” to their ranks.

The Good Stats: When Baltimore Leaves Everyone Else Behind


Today, the New York Times reports on a study showing that “a centrifugal force… is concentrating the nation’s college graduates into a set of metro areas” — and, as a consequence, leaving others behind.

First things first:  know that Baltimore, a city dominated by its education industry, is benefiting from this trend. A full 35 percent of residents in the Baltimore-Towson region have a college degree, up nearly 25 percent from 1970. That puts us in the top-15 of cities nationwide. And, as the Times reports, cities where college graduates cluster tend to reap the benefits of longer life expectancies, higher average incomes, and fewer single-parent families. Ideally, this is a rising-tide-raises-all-boats situation:  More college graduates leads to higher regional income, which in turn results in a higher tax base and better public services.

But (of course) there’s a dark side to the success that cities like Baltimore, DC, San Jose, and Boston have seen — and it looks like Dayton, Ohio.

As college grads increasingly cluster in certain regions and avoid others, certain cities get left behind. Forty years ago, Dayton and Chicago’s populations had similar rates of college graduation; these days, that gap has widened significantly — and Dayton is just one of the rust belt cities that’s feeling the negative effects.

It can be strange to look at a list like this one and see Baltimore held up as a place that’s doing things right, when our city’s name so often gets used as shorthand for “crime” or “urban decay.” But the New Republic is encouraging residents of Dayton and other areas moving down the educational-attainment ladder to look to places like Baltimore and Pittsburgh as models. Our economy was hit hard by the loss of manufacturing, an economic whammy that the city’s still recovering from. But because those losses happened earlier than the rust belt’s subsequent collapse, Baltimore (and Pittsburgh and Charlotte, etc.) have had more of a chance to rebuild economies based around things like health, higher education, and technology. No one’s arguing that it’s been easy, or that the transition is complete. But Baltimore’s long-term economic transition has been going on for a while — and it seems that finally, people are noticing that we’re doing something right.

Revealing Admissions Stats From Baltimore Colleges


The application business is a mysterious one, but we Baltimore Fishbowl-ers are here to help make things a little less murky. We talked to admissions reps at several local colleges and universities to find out what went into selecting the class of 2016 — and whether it’s just our imagination that every other Baltimore-area college student seems to be from New Jersey. Their responses after the jump: