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Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports

An official journal of the American Statistical Association

Editor In Chief: Dimitris Karlis

The Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports is proud to announce a new feature, the Editor’s Choice free access article. To download the featured article free of charge, please click the link below.

Vol. 15, Issue 4 Bayesian statistics meets sports: a comprehensive review by Edgar Santos-Fernandez, Paul Wu, and Kerrie L. Mengersen

Vol. 15, Issue 3 nflWAR: a reproducible method for offensive player evaluation in football by Ronald Yurko, Samuel Ventura, and Maksim Horowitz

Vol. 15, Issue 2 Rao-Blackwellizing field goal percentage by Daniel Daly-Grafstein and Luke Bornn

Vol. 15, Issue 1 The Advantage of Lefties in One-on-One Sports by Francois Fagan, Martin Haugh, and Hal Cooper

Vol. 14, Iss. 4 New Metrics for Evaluating Home Plate Umpire Consistency and Accuracy by David J. Hunter

Vol. 14, Iss 3 A Network Diffusion Ranking Family that includes the Methods of Markov, Massey and Colley by Stephen Devlin and Thomas Treloar

Vol. 14, Iss. 2 Estimating the effect of plate discipline using a causal inference framework: an application oft he G-computation algorithm David Michael Vock and Laura Frances Boehm Vock

Vol. 14, Iss. 1 Modifying Kelly criteria by Dani Chu, Yifan Wu and Tim B. Swartz

Vol. 13, Iss. 4 Decomposing Pythagoras by Edward H. Kaplan and Candler Rich

Vol. 13, Iss 3 A hierarchical Bayesian model of pitch framing Sameer K. Deshpande and Abraham Wyner

Vol. 13, Iss. 2 Identifying NCAA tournament upsets using Balance Optimization Subset Selection by Shouvik Dutta, Sheldon H. Jackson, and Jason J. Sauppe

Vol. 13, Iss. 1 An examination of statistical disclosure issues related to publication of aggregate statistics in the presence of a known subset of the dataset using Baseball Hall of Fame ballots by Gregory J. Matthews, Petala Gardenia da Silva Estrela Tuy, and Robert K. Arthur

Vol. 12, Iss. 4 Meta-analytics: tools for understanding the statistical properties of sports metrics by Alexander M. Franks, Alexander D’Amour, Daniel Cervone, and Luke Bornn

Vol. 12, Iss. 3: Searching for the GOAT of tennis win prediction by Stephanie Ann Kovalchik

Vol. 12, Iss. 2: Estimating an NBA’s player’s impact on his team’s chances of winning by Sameer K. Deshpande and Shane T. Jensen

Vol. 12, Iss. 1: An analytical approach for fantasy football draft and lineup management by Adrian Becker and Xu Andy Sun

Vol. 11, Iss. 4: A finite mixture latent trajectory model for modeling ultrarunners’ behavior in a 24-hour race by Francesco Bartolucci and Thomas B. Murphy

Vol. 11, Iss. 3: The implied volatility of a sports game by Nicholas G. Polson and Hal S. Stern

Vol. 11, Iss. 2: openWAR: An open source system for evaluating overall player performance in major league baseball by Benjamin S. Baumer, Shane T. Jensen, Gregory J. Matthews

Vol. 11, Iss. 1: A generative model for predicting outcomes in college basketball by Francisco J. R. Ruiz and Fernando Perez-Cruz

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De Gruyter offers the authors of JQAS the opportunity to publish their contributions Open Access for a price of $2,450 per article. If interested, please email rights@degruyter.com to inquire. For further information on De Gruyter’s Open Access policies, click here.

The Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports (JQAS), an official journal of the American Statistical Association, publishes timely, high-quality peer-reviewed research on the quantitative aspects of professional and amateur sports, including collegiate and Olympic competition.  The scope of application reflects the increasing demand for novel methods to analyze and understand data in the growing field of sports analytics.  Articles come from a wide variety of sports and diverse perspectives, and address topics such as game outcome models, measurement and evaluation of player performance, tournament structure, analysis of rules and adjudication, within-game strategy, analysis of sporting technologies, and player and team ranking methods.  JQAS seeks to publish manuscripts that demonstrate original ways of approaching problems, develop cutting edge methods, and apply innovative thinking to solve difficult challenges in sports contexts.  JQAS brings together researchers from various disciplines, including statistics, operations research, machine learning, scientific computing, econometrics, and sports management.


• Statistics
• Operations Research
• Economics 
• Sports Management
• Business

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Effective 1st January 2016, authors from an institution affiliated with either the Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU), the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries or some UK libraries participating in the Jisc Collections SMP may publish primary research and review articles open access in any of De Gruyter’s OnlineOpen journals at a discount of 90% of the APC price. For more information and to confirm whether your institution is eligible please see the following:

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Dimitris Karlis, Athens University

Editorial Board

Vittorio Addona, Macalester College
Jim Albert, Bowling Green State University
Elaine Allen, UCSF
Ben Baumer, Smith College
Luke Bornn, Simon Fraser University
Jennifer Broatch, Arizona State University
Emily Castleton, Los Alamos National Laboratory
James J Cochran, Louisiana Tech University
Ryan Elmore, University of Denver
Phillip Everson, Swarthmore College
Mike Fry, University of Cincinnati
Mark Glickman, Harvard University
Dries Goossens, Ghent University
Nobuyoshi Hirotsu, Juntendo University (Japan)
Armann Ingolfsson, University of Alberta
Stephanie Kovalchik, Zelus Analytics, Austin, Texas
Michael Lopez, Skidmore College
Brian Macdonald, Florida Panthers
Ian McHale, University of Liverpool (UK)
Jeff Ohlmann, University of Iowa
Christopher J. Rigdon, Lindenwood University
Michael Schuckers, St. Lawrence University
Kenny Shirley, Amazon, Inc.
Frits Spieksma, KU Leuven (Belgium)
Tim Swartz, Simon Fraser University
Andrew Swift, Univeristy of Nebraska - Omaha
Paul van Staden, University of Pretoria (South Africa)
Steve Stern, Bond University (Australia)
Jan Vecer, Charles University (Czech Republic)
Samuel Ventura, Carnegie Mellon University
Keith Willoughby, University of Saskatchewan
Abraham Wyner, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

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