Cory Leonard

After ‘Moneyball,’ Data Guys Are Triumphant – NYTimes.com

In tech on October 3, 2011 at 6:43 am

Why the data-driven will rule the new world:

“The book impacted the way I looked at data,” he says. “And it impacted those around me, allowing me to go farther afield with those data than usual.”

At its heart, of course, “Moneyball” isn’t about baseball. It’s not even about statistics. Rather, it’s about challenging conventional wisdom with data. By embedding this lesson in the story of Billy Beane and the Oakland A’s, the book has lured millions of readers into the realm of the geek. Along the way, it converted many into empirical evangelists.

This evangelism has created opportunities for the analytically minded. Julia Rozovsky is a Yale M.B.A. student who studied economics and math as an undergraduate, a background that prepared her for a traditional — and lucrative — consulting career. Instead, partly as a result of reading “Moneyball” and finding like-minded people, she pointed herself toward work in analytics. This summer, she interned at the People Analytics group at Google.

via After ‘Moneyball,’ Data Guys Are Triumphant – NYTimes.com.

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