# Tag: Statistics

Using a lot of data wrangling and NLP, I created a movie and tv show recommender: Basically, the user selects from the drop-down list their movie/tv show of interest, and the algorithm will recommend a combination of movies and tv shows that the user is most likely to be interested in. I tried to include […]

Many textbooks when introducing ordinary least squares as a method to do regression (usually via introducing linear regression) don’t explain / derive the coefficients. Here, I explain how to do it using tensor/index notation.

By: Dr. Ikjyot Singh Kohli I wrote an extensive script in R that takes the most recent data available for the number of new/confirmed COVID-19 cases per day by location and computes the probability using statistical learning that a selected location will observe a new COVID-19 case (probability of observing a non-zero daily percentage return). […]

Abstract: It is shown that the standard/common definition of team offensive rating/offensive efficiency implies that a team’s offensive rating increases as its opponent’s offensive rebounds increase, which, in principle, should not be the case. Over the past number of years, the advanced metric known as Offensive Rating has become the standard way of measuring a basketball […]

Trump has once again put The U.S. on the world stage this time at the expense of innocent children whose families are seeking asylum. The Trump administration’s justification is that: “They want to have illegal immigrants pouring into our country, bringing with them crime, tremendous amounts of crime.” I decided to try to […]

As more and more teams are increasing the number of threes they attempt based on some misplaced logical fallacy that this somehow leads to an efficient offense, we show below that it is in fact in a team’s opponent’s interest for a team to attempt as many three point shots as possible. Looking at this […]

Based on a previous paper I wrote that used machine learning to determine the most relevant factors for teams making the NBA playoffs, I did some further analysis in an attempt to come up with an equation that outputs the probability of an NBA team making the playoffs in a given season. From the aforementioned […]

A very interesting result: computing payoffs of players, the following is a diagram that shows when it is optimal for a player to shoot a 2 point or a 3-point shot. One sees that it is hardly ever optimal for a player to shoot a 3-point shot, since the region corresponding to 3-point optimality is […]

By: Dr. Ikjyot Singh Kohli It seems that one cannot turn on ESPN or any YouTube channel nowadays without the ongoing debate of whether Michael Jordan is better than Lebron, what would happen if Michael Jordan played in today’s NBA, etc… However, I have not seen a single scientific approach to this question. Albeit, it […]