Sunday, May 8, 2011

Two useful NY Times articles

Today's NY Times contains not one but two interesting statistics-based articles. The first, by my favorite statistician Nate Silver, predicts what Derek Jeter's season will look like. I'm linking to it because Silver explains the basis for his predictions very clearly.

The second, also sports-related, is a useful discussion of the importance of context in understanding and using statistics, this time in the tragic (no matter what size the denominator turns out to be) efforts to understand chronic traumatic encephalopathy in former (so far) football players.

I'm looking forward to any comments on the biases I've revealed here.

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