The Best Part Of The Sloan Conference Is All The Pro Sports Gamblers

By now, we've heard about all the different kinds of geniuses and salesmen and Malcolm Gladwells at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. It's true, you'll find all kinds of wonderful nerds there. What they don't tell you is that the guys having the most fun are probably the sports bettors, who snuck in when no… » 3/10/14 2:12pm 3/10/14 2:12pm

“Are You A Nerd?” And Other Questions We Asked Our Fellow Nerds At The…

Last weekend, I went to the sixth annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. Attendance has gone up every year, and it gets harder and harder to get a feel for who actually goes to this thing: Why were they there? Were they still all sabermetrics geeks? High-powered businessmen? To find out, I did some analysis of… » 3/08/13 5:05pm 3/08/13 5:05pm

Four Things You Can Learn About The NBA By Skimming Sloan Sports…

The Sloan Sports Analytics Conference is under way in Boston and, though we sent no intrepid reporters to Dorkapalooza this year, the conference happily made its research paper finalists publicly available on its website. Let's blearily page through and see if we can't learn a few things. (We're focused on the SSAC's… » 3/02/13 12:10pm 3/02/13 12:10pm