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Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports








Each year the members of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) vote for eligible former players to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The BBWAA tabulates and releases vote totals, but individual ballots remain private. However, many voters forgo their ballot privacy to publish their ballots through various media channels. These publicly available ballots can be aggregated to create a subset of the true ballots. Using these released ballots and the totals released by the BBWAA, this research assesses what can be learned about the group of voters who chose to not disclose their ballot. Attributes of the known and unknown ballot groups are studied by looking at differences in voting preference for individual players as well as voting differences between classes of voters that are defined using latent class analysis (LCA).


Author Posting. © Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston 2017. This article is posted here by permission of Walter de Gruyter GmbH for personal use, not for redistribution. The article was published in the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports, vol. 13, no. 1, 2017,

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