Python. Pandas. Web Scraping. Databases. SQL. Statistics. Regression. Machine Learning. APIs.
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Learn How to Do Your Own Baseball Analysis in Python
You'll learn — step by step and applied to baseball — how to program your own analysis. You'll also learn how to make plots like these:
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What will you learn?
— This flexible language is the foundation of everything from data munging to web scraping to machine learning. You'll also learn about its key data library
, the modeling and machine learning libraries
, and how to do data visualizations with
Web Scraping and APIs
— Next time you run across a site with data you'd like to analyze you'll know how to grab data via its public API if it's available, or build a web scraper to get it yourself if it's not.
Machine Learning and Statistics
— You'll learn the difference between a regression and a random forest, and will know when and how to build both.
Databases and SQL
— Build your own database — whether it's for player statistics, to keep track of opponent tenancies, etc — and use SQL to get data in and out of it.
All in the context of baseball and designed so you can learn how to apply them to your own questions and do your own analysis.
About the author
Hi! My name is
and I'm a self-taught programmer and data scientist based in Milwaukee, WI.
A few years ago, I didn't know anything about Python, SQL, machine learning, web scraping or any of the other topics covered here.
So, I taught myself. I ran into a lot of dead ends along the way, but ultimately figured it out. In this book, I distill everything I've learned to provide a step-by-step guide to doing baseball analytics and get you up and running as quickly as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are updates to the book included? How do I get them?
Yes. Lifetime updates are included. To get them you need to make/login to your Gumroad account. Go to
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Is there a paper version?
Not at the moment, though it may happen someday. There are a few reasons I went with the electronic format.
Most importantly, the book is meant to be coded along with. Ideally you have the book up on one screen (or part of a screen) and Python and your example files up on another. You'll get way more out of it this way than you would just reading through it.
Also, an electronic version is easier to keep current. All readers get lifetime updates and an electronic version means I can update and push new versions of the book out quickly.
But this is something I might do at some point.