Education Technology

NUMB3RS - Season 3 - "Hardball" - Is It for Real

Published on 10/17/2008

Activity Overview

In "Hardball," an amateur mathematician uncovers an equation that uses baseball statistics to identify which players are using performance enhancing substances. By analyzing player performance, he is able to determine when an athlete began using a performance enhancing substance.
Students will use a sabermetric statistic to identify a change point in a player's data, a point in time where the player's data becomes vastly different from the previous data trend.

Before the Activity

Download the attached PDF and look over the Teacher Page.

During the Activity

Discuss the materials from the Student Page with your class.

After the Activity

Encourage students to explore web sites and questions from the Extensions Page.