Baseball simulation

Interesting article in the Times the other day about using simulation to answer questions of strategy in baseball.

Under what conditions is bunting advantageous? When does trying to steal make sense, and when does it decrease the chances of scoring? Questions like these turn out to be ideally suited to computer programs through which millions of iterations can smooth out the peaks and valleys of randomness, and converge toward a reliable approximation.

They mention a simulation program called Diamond Mind that can be used to answer such questions.


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