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?