The Best Sentence I Read Today

I sense, though, that people become frustrated with these metrics because they expect “magic.” In other words, people want a number that answers all questions and reduce the cost of thinking to zero. Models, though, help us explain the world we observe. Models are not “magical”, nor do they remove the need to keep thinking. And that is something to think about when you look at basketball measures, or any other models researchers offer to improve our understanding of our world.

That is Dave Berri at Wages of Wins.

Update: Uh, shouldn’t that be “paragraph”, not “sentence”? I need more sleep. :-)

2 Responses “The Best Sentence I Read Today”

  1. Jake says:

    I once heard Will Carrol say a similar thing, people are always looking for the “one stat to rule them all..”

  2. Cyril Morong says:

    Economist Joan Robinson supposedly said “I don’t know math, so I am obliged to think.”