The hot hand in basketball: On the misperception of random sequences

@article{Gilovich1985TheHH,
  title={The hot hand in basketball: On the misperception of random sequences},
  author={T. Gilovich and R. Vallone and A. Tversky},
  journal={Cognitive Psychology},
  year={1985},
  volume={17},
  pages={295-314}
}
We investigate the origin and the validity of common beliefs regarding “the hot hand” and “streak shooting” in the game of basketball. Basketball players and fans alike tend to believe that a player’s chance of hitting a shot are greater following a hit than following a miss on the previous shot. However, detailed analyses of the shooting records of the Philadelphia 76ers provided no evidence for a positive correlation between the outcomes of successive shots. The same conclusions emerged from… Expand
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