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Practical Data Science Cookbook by Abhijit Dasgupta, Benjamin Bengfort, Sean Patrick Murphy, Tony Ojeda

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Constructing indexes to measure offensive and defensive strength

At this point, we have clean datasets and a decent understanding of our data fields. Now it's time to put the data and knowledge to use! In this section, we will build offensive and defensive indexes out of several of the statistics just analyzed.

Indexes are descriptive statistics that combine information from multiple data fields to give an observer a sense of what is going on without the observer needing to drill down into the components of the index. Sticking with the professional football theme, a quarterback is assigned a passer rating that is designed to communicate his passing ability (relative to other quarterbacks), without someone having to drill down into his completion ...

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