As anyone with a fantasy football team can tell you, predicting the success of NFL players in their rookie year is a tough business. Now NFL teams may have a new tool: content analysis. A company called Achievement Metrics is analyzing the content of college player’s post game press interviews to predict characteristics like leadership, discipline, and behavior risk. They use the same techniques to predict how likely an individual is to be a terrorist. There’s an article on their approach here.
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This is a blog about social interactions. When people interact and influence one another's choices, the resulting macro level dynamics can be complex, astounding, horrific, and/or beautiful. In my research, I use modeling to try and understand how social interactions give rise to this astounding diversity of phenomena. The blog is a place for me to make more casual observations about social dynamics in the news, in my research, in other people's research, and in everyday life.