Tuesday, July 19

Statistically Speaking

To this day, I still don't know what an "Earned Run Average" is. And I don't care. In my youth, my Dad read the box scores with aplomb; baseball was full of calculations. I think ERA pertained to pitchers, though I'm not quite sure. There was some sort of calculation involved, and that algorithm was set in stone YEARS before Visicalc and even Excel, though they're probably calculated in real-time now.


I just came from a world where people likely spent all day having algorasms trying to come up with a calculation that would pare down a statistic until they knew at a glance whether someone had taken a sh!t that day and whether it was affecting their performance. Really.

Yeah, I know at least ONE person who got a chuckle out of that one.

That kind of calculated performance tweaking only works for well-oiled machines.


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