Calling MGoNerds: Michigan Sports Analytics Symposium, Jan. 24, North Quad

Submitted by Great Cornholio on January 17th, 2019 at 3:50 PM

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.

For more information visit this link, or visit this one if you just want to hear some Hall & Oates.

Comments

LSAClassOf2000

January 17th, 2019 at 4:39 PM ^

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.

Count this Generation Xer who happens to love sports analytics intrigued....

Sambojangles

January 17th, 2019 at 7:17 PM ^

OP sets up a ridiculous strawman. Literally no pitcher that has gone 4-13 has been more valuable than a 20 game winner, and no one would ever argue that. It's probably possible, theoretically, but both pitchers would have to be in the extremes in offensive support, in both directions. 

I wouldn't even say that wins suck as a stat, they're fine for certain purposes. However, the point of advanced stats and sports analytics is that there are many other stats which are better, and can and should be used for the intended purpose. 

CR

January 17th, 2019 at 7:07 PM ^

Am going to heckle Ed.

Otherwise I have no idea what a Millennial is or why I shouldn't like them. Are they friends of Dantonio?