The Spreadsheet Psychic

Adam Sternbergh profiles Nate Silver for New York Magazine:

At his day job, Silver works for Baseball Prospectus, a loosely organized think tank that, in the last ten years, has revolutionized the interpretation of baseball stats. Furthermore, Silver himself invented a system called PECOTA, an algorithm for predicting future performance by baseball players and teams. (It stands for โ€œplayer empirical comparison and optimization test algorithm,โ€ but is named, with a wink, after the mediocre Kansas City Royals infielder Bill Pecota.) Baseball Prospectus has a reputation in sports-media circles for being unfailingly rigorous, occasionally arrogant, and almost always correct.

โ˜… Thursday, 16 October 2008

Ads via The Deck Ads via The Deck