Sunday, August 14, 2011

On Numbers & Stats

Some interesting thoughts on statistics and some VERY useful quotes:

Use the Numbers, but triangulate your information.

Common sense can't be measured. One glance at Mark McGwire circa 1998 in an MLB uniform and even a child can surmise "This is a guy with some power". No one needed to look at the back of his baseball card to verify that. One buzz of a Nolan Ryan fastball in the dirt circa 1973 followed by one just as noisy up around your chin gives you an idea that it might be hard to get a hit that day. Extreme examples for sure, but you get the point.

Numbers can fool the eye but talent can be recognized VERY quickly by the experienced, trained eye. Ask the first casting director who got a peek at Halle Berry.,563,372,914,326,537,254.40123_(slightly_re-repeated_materials_enclosed)