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CHN Book Club: Soccernomics, Part 1

Soccernomics might be different from some of the other books that we will take a look at as it does not have a central theme as much as it is a book about taking a different look at soccer. The...

This is the problem with using econometric analysis to identify causes within complex systems. Yes,...

This is the problem with using econometric analysis to identify causes within complex systems. Yes, Kuper and Syzmanski are able to identify a few 10,000 foot correlations that are fairly intuitive to begin with. But when the real work to identify the actual causes of something begins, the equations and models are revealed to be cartoon depictions of reality bolstered by some smart sounding phrases but demonstrating a frightening lack of subject knowledge depth. This isn’t to say that statistics do not have a place in football analysis. But we must be extremely deliberative and careful not to overestimate the weight of statistical findings when attempting to solve complex problems and identify root causes.

Football Garden | Zombie Ideas: Soccernomics Some legitimate concers about how statistical analysis is used in soccer.
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