The quants are ruining baseball

The owners of America’s baseball teams, gathered at a Houston hotel last year, were discussing once again how their games had become so plodding. This time, however, the explanation was different. Two Major League Baseball officials and a statistician told the group that the sport was being brought to a standstill by the very phenomenon…

It’s a quant world now: analysis of texts for causal language

Via Tyler Cowen: We hypothesized that the increased role of science, education, and technology in Western society in the relatively recent past should have been accompanied by detectable cognitive changes and, more specifically, by an increased focus on causality. To test this hypothesis, we measured the amount of causal language in historical texts in five…

It’s a quant world now: doctor’s office edition

Doctors Test Tools to Predict Your Odds of a Disease Dr. McGinn believes using technology to help diagnose and treat patients can reduce the large number of unnecessary tests doctors order and antibiotics they prescribe by ruling out certain diseases. It also could expedite the appropriate care for patients by giving doctors grounds to treat…

More evidence that quants rule the world: Indian love edition

An Indian bride walked out of her wedding ceremony after the groom failed to solve a simple math problem, police said Friday. The bride tested the groom on his math skills and when he got the sum wrong, she walked out. The question she asked: How much is 15 plus six? His reply: 17. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/groom-fails-math-test-indian-bride-walks-out-of-wedding/2015/03/13/50d8c69e-c94e-11e4-bea5-b893e7ac3fb3_story.html