Sunday, July 6, 2008

Chernoff faces for baseball statistics

This is one of the most terrible ideas I have seen, and unfortunately described by a publication I usually enjoy, NYTimes. This article describes the use of Chernoff faces for looking at baseball statistics. This doesn't work, in my opinion, because humans have a real reactions to depictions of faces. Instead of looking at real correlations, the depictions only confuse the interpretation of the real useful statistics.

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