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Measurement Error and the Hot Hand

Daniel F. Stone

Bowdoin College - Department of Economics

February 1, 2012

The American Statistician, 66(1), 2012

This paper shows the first autocorrelation of basketball shot results is a highly biased and inconsistent estimator of the first autocorrelation of the ex ante probabilities the shots are made. Shot result autocorrelation is close to zero even when shot probability autocorrelation is close to one. The bias is caused by what is equivalent to a severe measurement error problem. The results imply that the widespread belief among players and fans in the hot hand is not necessarily a cognitive fallacy.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 17

Keywords: hot hand, overinference, measurement error, basketball

JEL Classification: D3, D83, L83

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Date posted: April 10, 2011 ; Last revised: August 27, 2012

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Stone, Daniel F., Measurement Error and the Hot Hand (February 1, 2012). The American Statistician, 66(1), 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1805843 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1805843

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Bowdoin College - Department of Economics ( email )
Brunswick, ME 04011
United States
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