Bayesian statistics in the classroom: Introducing shrinkage with basketball statistics and the internet movie database

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This article promotes Bayesian intuition by introducing the concept of shrinkage with some motivational examples involving basketball statistics of Rudy Gobert and movie rankings from the Internet Movie Database. Supplementary and fully automated R code is provided to allow students to explore shrinkage in this dataset on their own. The content is targeted at the first-year undergraduate level. Students with prior exposure to R would most benefit from the supplementary R code.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-53
Number of pages7
JournalTeaching Statistics
Issue number2
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2020


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Education

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