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New Statistical Information about the Season
at 23:37 21 May 2017

I ask you to please read these short paragraphs in order to understand some things about the following statistical information in two graphs based upon the same data.

The statistics attempt to show how different players contribute to the team's points total, based on number of games he played.

Some statistical studies can be iron-clad and literal, while some, by the nature of the data cannot. The latter, however, can have value in more of an comparison fashion, as do these. In other words, comparing players who are all measured by the same definition seems to level the playing field.

The statistical data here includes the number of games a player played, and the total number of points the team earned in those games in which he played.

At the outset, the statistician must decide what "a game" is – at one extreme it would be one in which a player played every minute, and at the other extreme one in which a player played even a single minute. The definition of "a game" for purposes of such a study would have to be somewhere between "every minute" and "even a single minute."

I've produced this study for a number of years and have laboured over this decision, something like this:

• more than 45 minutes probably is a bit draconian because experience tells me that a player can influence an outcome at fewer than 45. In my mind, that number is more like 30 minutes, so I have made a statistical decision that for purposes of this study, a game is "more than 30 minutes played."

Experience also tells me that scoring a goal or making an "assisst" is not even close to the sole criterion for "contribution," as a player in any position has as much to contribute, as the Swans' season has demonstrated.

The two graphs below are both based on the same data, with one arranged by "games played" and the other by "team points earned" [highlighted in yellow].

I give both graphs so that you can decide for yourself how much weight to put on the contribution to team output of a player who played only one game in which the team got all three points, compared, for example with a player who played closer to 38 games.

Dav's Stats, FINAL update. [Assistance requested.]
at 20:13 21 May 2017

Dav's Stats for 2016-2017 final update and upload at the URL below. Boy, do they look great now, at least for the last few weeks.

Assistance requested:

Please feel free to download any or all of the charts.

I know how to download and save a chart on a Mac [click on graph and drag it to desktop], but I'm not sure how to do it on a p.c. Will someone please post how it's done? Thanks.
[Post edited 21 May 20:14]
What'd I Tell You? “Ill-informed and cheeky"
at 16:13 17 May 2017

Lovely pissoff article. What'd I tell you?

Don't expect this crap to end until there's either no more shyt or no more fan.
Dav's Stats at the instant of Safety -- updatd and uploaded
at 16:02 14 May 2017
Dav's Stats Updated after Sunderland Away, and Upladed
at 21:37 13 May 2017
[Post edited 13 May 21:42]
3 Things – 2 updated "safety" graphs and complete "Dav's Stats"
at 23:07 8 May 2017

3 Things – 2 updated "safety" graphs and complete "Dav's Stats"

Dav's Stats:

Dav's Stats Updated after Everton and uploaded
at 21:58 6 May 2017
Stats updated and uploaded
at 18:43 30 Apr 2017
I'm surprised no-one has posted this URL – well worth the read
at 04:03 27 Apr 2017

I'm surprised no-one has posted this URL – well worth the read.
Dav's Stats Updated after the Tottenham game
at 23:49 5 Apr 2017

I think those who understand statistics and can read graphs will find much of interest in the latest "Dav's Stats" [after the Tottenham game].

Those who don't like statistics – or think they can have no value – will save a lot of time and frustration if they would not go for a look at:

It's kinda like train watching, really.
[Post edited 6 Apr 0:20]
Dav's Stats have been expanded, updated, and uploaded
at 22:52 2 Apr 2017
This Kind of "reporting" is now called "Fake News," and it annoys me
at 18:35 13 Mar 2017

All some of your media does is stir things up with "fake news," this being an egregious example:

Club slap £30m price tag on West Ham’s Payet replacement

Swansea City believe they are in good position to demand £30million for their midfield playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson in the summer, according to the Daily Star. [Emphasis added.]

The newspaper reports that both West Ham and Everton are interested in the Icelandic international but it seems the Swans will stick to their asking price if Paul Clement helps to steer the club to safety this season.

The former Derby boss has helped Swansea to sixteenth in the table, three points above the relegation zone despite their loss to Hull City at the weekend. It is reported that he will only allow Sigurdsson to leave if a replacement is found first and a club matches their valuation.

The 27 year old rejoined Swansea on a permanent basis from Tottenham for £6.8million in 2014 after previously playing for the Welsh club on loan from Hoffenheim in 2012.

Playing on the left wing and in the number 10 role for the Swans this season, he has scored eight goals and provided 11 assists with manager Slaven Bilic seemingly seeking a player who can create and score goals in the same vein of the now departed Dimitri Payet.
What kind of "news" do you call it, when they source another story in another paper, and no named source -- especially not the player himself or the club? Pistme off.
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"Slog to Safety" updated and uploaded
at 22:39 11 Mar 2017

Because of the thin fixture list for this weekend, "Slog to Safety" is by necessity incomplete, but I have put it up anyway.

For information about the graph, and a slightly larger one, click on the following URL: Safety.jpg
[Post edited 12 Mar 23:58]
An opinion regarding the slump in form today
at 22:35 11 Mar 2017

This is an opinion.

When a coach [manager] announces to the world -- in at least two different interviews that I saw -- that in the next game "a draw would be O.K. with me" [I know that's not an exact quote, but it's close enough from memory], I do not expect to see his team play at the required level of fight and battle for a win.

And I said something similar to that out loud each time I heard Clement on television, and a few times as I watched the game develop. Ya just don''t give your players a green light to "play for a draw," or even to ease back on intensity -- especially in a relegation battle.

Easing up is also a good way to get injured -- real, imagined [or even conveniently], present game and players excepted.
Heart-warming story about a lost dog
at 15:07 9 Mar 2017

Blind Dog Lost for Days in California Mountains is Found

A blind dog that was lost in the thick woods and steep terrain of California's Santa Cruz mountains was missing for more than a week before she was found.

The 12-year-old Labrador named Sage had been missing for eight days. Her owner Beth Cole says the family mistakenly thought she had been brought into the house. About an hour later, they realized she was outside and gone. Stories of Sage's disappearance soon spread on social media. Members of the community searched high and low for Sage, and a professional dog tracker was hired with no luck.

There had been multiple mountain lion sightings in the area and the family feared the worst - that Sage was a goner. They were devastated.

That's when neighbor Dan Estrada and his friend went for a hike. Estrada tells KTVU he took his friend to a remote area that he finds incredibly peaceful. When he looked down a hill at a stream he saw what looked to be Sage's lifeless body in the stream. "I know this dog is a sweetheart - when I saw her lifeless body - I thought this was a recovery effort. I didn't want to be the bearer of bad news."

As he got closer, much to his surprise, Sage slowly lifted her head. "I started hugging her, it was overwhelming - so moving," said Estrada.

Estrada, who is a paramedic/firefighter in Livermore, put Sage over his shoulders and carried her up the ravine. Estrada says if dogs could smile, Sage was smiling all the way home. He called his wife - who contacted Sage's owner Beth Cole. Estrada said as the Cole family was reunited with Sage, they were overwhelmed with emotion. They immediately took Sage to a veterinarian where they learned Sage was weak with a fever and malnourished. Luckily she was not dehydrated because she was drinking from the stream.

Estrada adds that a storm came in the evening Sage was found. He believes the river would have risen and Sage would have drowned.

Sage has been getting plenty of TLC since her rescue. A neighbor even cooked a steak for her.

Estrada says she's back to her usual "sweetheart" self.
Will someone explain how these odds work, please?
at 02:59 9 Mar 2017

Will someone please explain how these odds work? I have no experience placing a bet [except when someone else once placed one for me].

"Hull City
"Swansea City
"Latest Odds: 888 2.45 888 3..25 888 3.10"

I'm guessing it's "home team wins for a £2.45 return on a £2.00 bet; home team losses for a £3.25 return on a £2.00 bet; and a draw earns £3.10 on a £2.00 bet."

If I'm wrong, please correct it.

"Slogging to Safety" update
at 23:11 8 Mar 2017

"Slogging to Safety" has been expanded by one opponent, updated, and uploaded. For a slightly better picture, and some info about the graphic below, you may use the URL to get to the the web page version.

My "host" is back in business, you'll appreciate Dav's Stats for this week
at 20:52 4 Mar 2017

The link works.

All of the stats look a lot better, but the "4 seasons" one is very encouraging. You can see it in full size at the link, above.

[Post edited 4 Mar 23:55]
"Slogging to Safety" updated and uploadedafter Week 27
at 18:51 4 Mar 2017

Updated after Week 27. Southampton game shown in orange is a rescheduled game.

"Slogging to Safety" has been updated and uploaded:

For an explanation of how to read it and possibly a more clear graphic, go to:
[Post edited 5 Mar 17:58]
New dog realises he is there to make or break relationship
at 03:22 27 Feb 2017

New dog realises he is there to make or break relationship

A NEWLY adopted dog is realising he has been brought in to prevent a break-up.

Five-year-old Bobby was thrilled to be rehomed by Martin Bishop and Nikki Hollis, but has quickly found himself at the centre of a ‘passive-aggressive nightmare’.

He said: “I’ve only been here a week and the atmosphere is, shall we say, a tad awkward.

“He keeps saying that I like him more because he works from home, and she keeps feeding me loads of treats when he’s out of the room. It’s doing my head in.”

The couple have kept up their relationship-boosting walks with Bobby, although these are increasingly marred by uncomfortable silences or terse exchanges about whose turn it is to pick up the excrement.

Meanwhile, both are using social media to paint a picture of domestic harmony, posting daily pictures tagged as #happyfamily and #furrybaby.

Bobby added: “It is so fvcked up.”
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