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Thin-Slicing Recruiting: An Introduction December 3, 2009

Posted by mgodoublems in Experiments.
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Earlier, I mentioned that I was planning on beginning an experiment based on the principles of Blink.  This is my quick introduction to ‘Thin-Slicing Recruiting’. The premise of this project is to look initially at two sports – Basketball and Football – and the way that collegiate coaches analyze the abilities of potential players.

Hypothesis: Experienced coaches are able to determine the capabilities of a player in their respective sport with a small quantity of information.  Visual information will have a significantly higher success rate than statistical information, and the amount of time required to make a judgement on a player will be short – 30 seconds to a minute.

Experimental Procedure Expose coaches to a variety of information sets on recent high school players.  These information sets will include, but are not limited to, various combinations of: short videos of playing time, short videos of camp time, playing statistic tables, and non-playing statistics (height, weight, strength, speed, etc.).  Include with the videos a questionnaire concerning each target player, tabulate responses, and compare to actual information.


I will be dividing football players into twelve categories.  I will produce video clips of varying lengths of each of the players, until I have a group of 20 players from each category with clips ranging from 5 seconds to 2 minutes.  I will also collect statistical data on the players’ in high school, as well as their data in college for comparison.

The twelve categories are: QB, HB, WR, TE, OT, OG/C, DT, DE, CB, LB, S, K/P


I will be dividing basketball players into the five numerical position categories (1-5).  As with football, I will produce video clips ranging from 5 seconds to 2 minutes, and will collect all necessary statistical data.

I will be posting some of the videos as I produce them.  If any members of the community are willing to devote some time to helping me edit video clips or locate target players, it would be much appreciated – please e-mail me at mathieum906@gmail.com if you would be willing to contribute.

Concrete Theory Thinks Without Thinking November 22, 2009

Posted by mgodoublems in Book Analysis.
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One of the things that I intend to do is take whatever books that I have finished reading and tie them in to the big picture.

I recently finished reading Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink.  For those of you who don’t know who Malcolm Gladwell is, he has written four books, The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, and What the Dog Saw.  He also writes for The New Yorker and has his own Blog. I am currently reading Tipping Point, but I am going to make a point of not talking about books that I haven’t finished yet – without going cover to cover, I feel that I am not of enough authority on a book-based idea to speak of it.  I have also read Outliers, but do not have my copy at school with me, so I cannot make a post that directly references it until I am at home for Christmas.