Advanced Stats for Basketball

April 9, 2008

Chernoff Faces

Posted by Eli in Baseball, Other Sites

I’m working on a longer study, but for now here are a few links.

Last week, the New York Times had an article on using Chernoff faces to visualize data about baseball managers. The Arbitrarian followed that up with a post that used Chernoff faces to compare some star players in the NBA. Chernoff faces are a way to display data by mapping it onto simplified human faces - you can read more about them here and here. The main reason I’m linking to these is because this method of visualizing data was invented by my great-uncle, Herman Chernoff. He’s made a lot of contributions to the field of statistics in his career, but most of them (like this) aren’t as fun as the faces that he came up with thirty-five years ago.


  1. It’s cool that you’re carrying on a family tradition of statisticians. Keep up the good work.

    Comment by D SparksApril 9, 2008

  2. Fun! Team Four factors faces (shown by overall league rank).


    Comment by edk — April 9, 2008

  3. Way too much fun.

    Comment by edk — April 10, 2008

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