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the culture clash between the analytical people and the intuition people. This clash is replicated pretty much everywhere there is analytics work done... One thing that is often missed is that it is not an either/or situation; statistical models should complement the human decision-making process, not supplant it. This is certainly the case in basketball, where analytics are said to mostly support the conventional views of insiders, rather than, say, baseball, where sabermetrics contradicted them.
Kaiser: you're correct about the subjectiveness of figuring out exactly what a dive is. I have a definition that is something like "A player falling to the ground in a manner that does not follow from the action that caused the fall", which doesn't get rid of the subjective nature. But at least it's one person scoring all the dives, so at least there's a measure of internal consistency in the numbers. I have a google spreadhseet with these numbers if anyone is interested
Toggle Commented Jun 20, 2010 on Off-topic: World cup thoughts at Junk Charts
I have been tracking dives for this tournament. I hastily graphed the results so far:
Toggle Commented Jun 19, 2010 on Off-topic: World cup thoughts at Junk Charts
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