Archive for February, 2008
…frustrated, and depressed? I didn’t think so, because I try to maintain a positive outlook on life. To steal a phrase from our military heroes, I try to embrace the suck.
And right now, things really suck.
Based on recent test scores, things I think I know, I don’t; and things I know I don’t know, I really don’t know. The easy nonchalance of the first week of this semester regarding the Java programming language has been replaced with a fear and loathing that must approximate that a a lowly peasant living in plague- infested Bucharest in 1348; I just know it’s gonna get me……….
The sad thing is that I think my study habits have actually improved over the last 12 months.
But the fugue has persisted for about a week now, and as the weekend draws nigh all my thoughts are focused on surviving the latest impossible programming assignment, database queries that don’t return any results, and further adventures in the labyrinth of statistical hypotheses.
Spring Break cannot get here soon enough!
Tags: Discovery Informatics, Football Recruiting
See, that’s a question that comes up a lot. My wife is the originator of most of the questions, followed closely by her parents and then by my father. Then there’s the party question: “What do you do?”.
Initially, in place to trying to explain my somewhat questionable fancy for numbers, data, and analysis of same, I responded to inquiries with a deluge of techno-speak. The hope was that I would intimidate the un-initiated and cower them into refusing to ask tough follow-up questions. Plus, I couldn’t seem to construct a response that adequately explains my primary aptitude…….extreme curiousity.
But a new day has dawned. In its own inevitable way, data from the WWW has come to the rescue and supplied me with the key to happiness, a ready response to the pesky question, and a job that will be the envy of my peers. Here is the dream job. A slice:
The model was developed using SAS software and information provided by Rivals.com, and relies primarily on historical data. It was built on a database that captured characteristics of the choices of 3,395 recruits between 2002 and 2004. A large amount of player and team data was gathered for the task. The researchers then developed a special form of a statistical model known as a probit to try and capture the decision making process of recruits.
Yes, friends, assembling data, building a database, and then using statistical analysis to arrive at information not previously known. The work that will carry me, happily, into the sunset. And to do it in football recruiting!
I wonder if they have an online job application form?