The search for intelligent life
Analytics can solve a lot of mysteries in sports, but humans complicate things
THIS OCTOBER, THE statistically savvy Boston Red Sox will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their 2004 World Series championship. The occasion was as close as statheads have come to a man-on-the-moon moment, one where the advances became clear for all to see: One small step for David Ortiz, one giant leap for Bill James.
The Red Sox have since won two more World Series. But the real sign of progress for sports analysts is the increasingly ambitious questions they are ...
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