Benjamin Baumer | |
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Born | 1978 Northampton, MA |

Citizenship | American |

Alma mater | Wesleyan University, University of California, San Diego, City University of New York |

Scientific career | |

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Thesis | (2012) |

**Benjamin (Ben) Strong Baumer** is a statistician and sabermetrician. He is an assistant professor of statistical and data sciences at Smith College, and was formerly the statistical analyst for the New York Mets.

## Life

Baumer grew up in Northampton, MA.^{[1]} His parents are Polly Baumer and Don Baumer, a former magazine owner and professor of government at Smith College.^{[2]}^{[3]}^{[4]}

Baumer received his bachelor's degree in economics from Wesleyan University, and his masters in applied mathematics from the University of California, San Diego.^{[5]}^{[6]} He completed a master's degree in mathematics at the City University of New York, and then a PhD at the same institution.^{[7]}

Baumer is married to Cory Mescon, a public defender.^{[2]}^{[8]}

## Work

Baumer is known for his work in sabermetrics, including the book *The Sabermetric Revolution: Assessing the Growth of Analytics in Baseball* with Andrew Zimbalist.^{[9]}^{[5]} He was the statistical analyst for the New York Mets for eight years, between 2004-2012.^{[10]}^{[11]} This was shortly after the publication of Moneyball, so the use of statistical analysis in baseball was still a new field.^{[10]}

Since leaving the Mets, Baumer has been a professor at Smith College. Upon arrival at Smith, he taught in the mathematics department.^{[11]} He was instrumental in the development of Smith's program in statistical and data sciences, and is now appointed in that program.^{[12]} The program is one of the first undergraduate majors in data science in the United States, and the first at a women's college.^{[13]}^{[14]} Baumer is also a member of the advisory board for the MassMutual data science initiative, a joint effort with Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, and MassMutual.^{[15]}^{[16]}

Baumer has written a textbook for use in data science courses, Modern Data Science with R.^{[17]} He has several highly cited papers on pedagogical techniques for undergraduate data science education.^{[18]}^{[19]} He has taught online data science courses for DataCamp.^{[20]} He is a member of the national organizing committee for DataFest, a weekend-long data hackathon for undergraduate students. Baumer has also organized the FiveCollege Data Fest since 2014.^{[21]}^{[22]}^{[23]}

He is the author of several R packages, including openWAR, a package for analyzing baseball data, and etl, a package for Extract, Transform, Load operations on medium data.^{[24]}^{[25]}^{[26]}

## Awards

Baumer received the 2016 Contemporary Baseball Analysis Award.^{[27]} His project, The Great Analytics Rankings, was nominated for a 2015 EPPY award.^{[28]}

## Bibliography

- Baumer, Ben; Zimbalist, Andrew (2013).
*The Sabermetric Revolution: Assessing the Growth of Analytics in Baseball*. University of Pennsylvania Press. ISBN 9780812223392.^{[29]} - Baumer, Ben; Kaplan, Daniel; Horton, Nicholas (2017).
*Modern Data Science with R*. Chapman and Hall/CRC. ISBN 9781498724487.^{[30]}

## References

**^**"Ben Baumer | Smith College".*www.smith.edu*. Retrieved 2018-02-25.- ^
^{a}^{b}"Cory Mescon, Benjamin Baumer".*The New York Times*. 2010-06-18. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-02-25. **^**"Donald C. Baumer | Smith College".*www.smith.edu*. Retrieved 2018-02-25.**^**Amanda Drane (2015-12-28). "When an accident took Maggie Baumer of Northampton's arm she rebuilt her life to help others". Daily Hampshire Gazette.- ^
^{a}^{b}David Low (2014-03-14). "Books by Gilbert '98, Baumer '00, Zimbalist P'02 Take Swings at Baseball History, Analytics". News @ Wesleyan. **^**"Ben Baumer". Statistics.com.**^**"Statistics.com - Dr. Ben Baumer".*www.statistics.com*. Retrieved 2018-02-25.**^**"Northampton (Dist PD) | Directories".*www.publiccounsel.net*. Retrieved 2018-02-25.**^**"The Sabermetric Revolution". University of Pennsylvania Press.- ^
^{a}^{b}Matthew Yaspan (2014-03-14). "An interview with former Mets stat guru Ben Baumer, Part 1". Amazin' Avenue. - ^
^{a}^{b}Adam Rubin (2012-05-28). "Stat guru Baumer leaving Mets to teach". ESPN. **^**Cas Sweeney (2017-05-20). "A look into Statistical and Data Sciences- One of Smith's newest and fastest growing majors". Archived from the original on 2018-02-26. Retrieved 2018-02-25.**^**Emily Cutts (2018-02-20). "Smith College provost named president of the College of William & Mary". Daily Hampshire Gazette.**^**Steve Pierson (2014-12-08). "Universities and Colleges Creating New Undergraduate Statistics (and Related) Programs". American Statistical Association.**^**"Jim Kinney". MassLive. 2015-02-13.**^**"The Center for Data Science and MassMutual Host Local Data Scientists & Business Leaders". UMass Amherst Center for Data Science.**^**Baumer, Ben; Kaplan, Daniel; Horton, Nicholas (2017).*Modern Data Science with R*. Chapman and Hall/CRC.**^**Baumer, Ben; Cetinkaya-Rundel, Mine; Bray, Andrew; Loi, Linda; Horton, Nicholas (2014-01-01). "R Markdown: Integrating A Reproducible Analysis Tool into Introductory Statistics".*Technology Innovations in Statistics Education*.**8**(1).**^**Hardin, Johanna; Hoerl, Roger; Horton, Nicholas; Nolan, Deborah; Baumer, Ben; Hall-Holt, Olaf; Murrell, Paul; Peng, Roger; Roback, Paul; Temple Lang, Duncan; Ward, Mark (2015-10-02). "Data science in statistics curricula: Preparing students to "think with data"".*The American Statistician*.**69**(4): 343–353. arXiv:1410.3127. Bibcode:2014arXiv1410.3127H. doi:10.1080/00031305.2015.1077729. S2CID 88520302.**^**Gabriel de Selding (2017-02-01). "DataChats: An Interview with Ben Baumer". DataCamp.**^**Gould, Robert; Baumer, Ben; Cetinkaya-Rundel, Mine; Bray, Andrew (2014-06-01). "Big Data Goes to College". Amstat News.**^**"ASA DataFest Contact".**^**Carl Bialik (2014-05-02). "The Students Most Likely to Take Our Jobs". FiveThirtyEight.**^**Ben Baumer (2014-03-17). "Introduction to openWAR". Exploring Baseball Data with R.**^**Ben Baumer. "An R package enabling the computation of openWAR using MLBAM data". GitHub.**^**"etl: Extract-Transform-Load Framework for Medium Data". Comprehensive R Archive Network.**^**"Baumer, Brudnicki, McMurray win 2016 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards". Society for American Baseball Research.**^**"Editor & Publisher Announces the 2015 EPPY Award Finalists". Editor & Publisher.**^**"The Sabermetric Revolution | Benjamin Baumer, Andrew Zimbalist".*www.upenn.edu*. Retrieved 2018-03-02.**^**"Modern Data Science with R".*CRC Press*. Retrieved 2018-03-02.