The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers have advanced to the 2017 MLB World Series. What do our “quant facts” have to say about the World Series? Before the MLB playoffs started, we used our championship factors to rank the playoff teams.
If you used the power rankings in the article to predict the winner of each playoff series, you would have gone 4-2 (correct in 4 series, wrong in 2). Since our book came out almost a decade ago, our published “quant fact predictions” have been correct about 65% of the time — sometimes picking underdogs to win championships.
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Carlton Chin, a graduate of MIT, is a fund manager and quant researcher focused on portfolio strategy and sports analytics. He has worked with various sports organizations, including the Sacramento Kings — and has been quoted by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and ESPN.
Dr. Jay Granat is a psychotherapist and founder of StayInTheZone.com. He has worked with athletes of all levels, including high school athletes and Olympians. He was named one of Golf Digest’s Top Ten Mental Gurus and has been on Good Morning America, the New York Times, and ESPN.