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|10 weeks 6 days ago||Raulerson had his mind set on||
Raulerson had his mind set on entering a top tier MBA or econ program. Michigan was in serious contention until they reviewed his transcripts and informed him that admission to either program was unlikely. What was surprising (or perhaps unsurprising) was that UCLA with similarly rigorous standards accepted him.
This last part is pure supposition, but from the outside it appears UCLA made false promises in order to lure him to campus by which time his options would be limited.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||Thank you for sharing.||
One helluva piece and beautifully written.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||Webber was quite close to||
Webber was quite close to being convicted of perjury if not for the death of Ed Martin. The perjury was committed well after he was 18-years-old. It's ridiculous to excuse something like that just because he was a basketball star, unless you were unaware of it. That's not bitterness; that's a felony.
|4 years 5 weeks ago||These blog posts are both informative and hilarious.*||
Keep up the good work, CRex.
|7 years 14 weeks ago||This is great stuff Brian,||
This is great stuff Brian, and you get an extra gold star because it came on a Friday afternoon.
As for Gladwell, as annoyingly simplistic as he is at times, I must admit that he is thought-provoking, not in any profoundly original way, but in a manner that will make you to want to revisit and reanalyze a well-worn topic with more nuance and sophistication.
|7 years 47 weeks ago||For the lack of subtlety, jeesh.||
You want an example? How about SuperBowl XXXVIII, when Carolina missed two 2-point conversions in the fourth quarter, the first of which was attempted w/ 12:39 left in the game. The final score was 32-29. Had Carolina kicked both extra points, they could have gone for two on a third 4Q TD they scored with one-minute left in the game.
I'm not sure why you are so adamant that I provide an example, because one example does not prove my point per se, not to mention that the example may not be analagous to the Michigan game. Only a study using a decent sample size would be useful. My question was not proferred as proof, but as anecdotal consideration. Likewise, Brian's a priori assumptions of probabilities should not necessarily be taken at face value. And that is my point: not that the 2-point attempt was a bad idea; rather, people's conceptions of likely final scores with a lot of time left in the game are in many cases flawed, and thus have a major effect on strategy. In other words, it's a NOT no-brainer to me (even though I would have gone for two in the same situation.)
|7 years 47 weeks ago||My problem with the 2-point||
My problem with the 2-point conversion chart is that the statisticians who developed it should have included several pages of footnotes--not that anyone would bother to read them. To arrive at those numbers, they are using estimates for a large number of variables, whose reliability is highly sensitive to time. The smaller the score discrepancy and fewer the minutes left in the game, the more accurate those estimates are; the converse is also true. To provide concrete figures for 30 minutes left in a game for example are silly. No statistician in good faith should offer a definite figure (which creates the illusion of precision) without a glaring caveat emptor. As an analogy, predicting the temperature and precipitation over the next 48 hours is fairly reliable; predicting an exact temperature (and not just a range) for a day a year from now is much less so.
|7 years 47 weeks ago||Princess Bride & Inconceivable||
Methinks you do not undertand the meaning of "no brainer".
|7 years 47 weeks ago||Not so fast my buddy guy friend||
Ask yourself when the last time was in college or the pros that a
Off the top of my head, I can't recall even one time. On the other
A really solid argument would incorporate a statistical analysis using a large number of games. But who wants to do that?
My point is not that Michigan should not have gone for 2 points. My