April 28, 2011

Words with meaning

Article at Slate entitled "Turning words into touchdowns", on the work of Achievement Metrics. This company takes interviews from various players and parses them, and then correlates the pattern with on- and off-field performance.  From AM's website:

Our analyses of players’ speech, arrest, and suspension data have shown that differences in players’ speech while in college can predict which players are more likely to exhibit off- and on-field behavioral problems during their professional careers.

I'm not sure whether this would work for baseball, since the players just speak in clichés. (Warning: clip includes profanities.)


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