The way I feel about "advanced" sports analytics is the way I feel about instant replay and cell phones: the world was generally better off without them. And yet, I plan to attend this event so I can make partial sense of all the gobblety-gook stats you millennials keep throwing out on this here discussion board to prove that somehow a pitcher with a 4-13 record is more valuable to his team than one with 20 wins. If an advanced metric can make signing Phil Coke seem like a good idea, well then we are all damned to hell. And what are all these kids doing on my lawn?
For those interested and in or near Ann Arbor, the symposium is Jan. 24 from 5-8 pm in the Ehrlicher room/Space 2435 (which they tried to rename but couldn't for reasons of bureacracy) in North Quad, home of the School of Information Fightin' Dataminers. Good stuff starts just after 6. The event announcement references "students, faculty, and staff" as the intended audience but I've been to other SI events and it's easy to blend in if you're not among those categories.