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Sports Analytics and Data Science: Winning the Game with Methods and Models by Thomas W. Miller

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10. Playing What-if Games

Maggie: “Mr. Dunn?”

Dunn: “I owe you money?”

Maggie: “No, Sir.”

Dunn: “I know your Mamma?”

Maggie: “I don’t rightly know, Sir.”

Dunn: “What do you want?”

Maggie: “I was on the other card.

I won my fight, too—Maggie Fitzgerald.”

Dunn: “Well, Maggie Fitzgerald, what do you want?”

Maggie: “Did you happen to see it?”

Dunn: “Nope.”

Maggie: “I did pretty good.

Thought you might be interested in training me.”

Dunn: “I don’t train girls.”

Maggie: “Maybe you should.

People seen me fight say I’m pretty tough.”

—HILARY SWANK AS MAGGIE FITZGERALD, AND CLINT EASTWOOD AS FRANKIE DUNN IN Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Playing what-if games means running simulations. To illustrate the process, we can use simulations to pick winning teams. ...

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