College Football: The Best Passing Quarterbacks since 2005, by Chase Stuart. Quick – who do you think wins here for USC (he’s #151)? Who was better last year – Shaw or Thompson? Click the link, use the filter, and find out how one metric answers these questions.
One Way to Cheer Up: Cheer Harder, by Bill Morris. Watch sports, be healthier. Well, if you say so, New York Times.
The Professor, the Bikini Model, and the Suitcase Full of Trouble, by Maxine Swann. I asked a friend I trust on these sorts of things whether he believed the protagonist’s story. We differed on our answers. It’s that kind of read.
Paralysis by Analysis: A Weekend at Sloan, and the Pluses and Minuses of Advanced Analytics, by Andrew Sharp. How can we know when our process is right and the results are flukish, or when the results simply show our process was wrong? Obviously, a question important to what’s done by this blog. We can’t know everything, so is what we do know enough to improve the analysis?
Why Nations Fail, A Review, by Bill Gates. What causes success and failure?
“Lucrative Work-for-Free Opportunity,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. “I was ecstatic any time anyone took my ideas seriously enough to offer them a platform. Most people never get that.”