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Statistics faculty present at Miami University's ‘Statistics in Sports’ Conference

Ryan Rahrig and Laurence Robinson, assistant professors of mathematics and statistics, presented a paper at the recent 40th Miami University Mathematics and Statistics Conference.  

Their paper, “Parity in Professional Sports:  A Comparison of the NFL, NBA, and MLB,” considered the issue of parity in comparing the best and worst team regular seasons in these leagues. Parity is when participating teams have roughly equivalent levels of talent, and may be not so much a measure of which teams win the championship but which ones have a chance to compete.  

Rahrig and Robinson concluded that although the NFL had apparently the least parity of the three, in fact, it had the most, while the NBA had the least.