All posts by Jack Schultz

The Special Relationship Between Noodles and Qdoba

I’ve had a theory that for every Noodles, there’s a Qdoba that’s right next door. It might be some sort of selection bias however, since I can think of a couple locations where they’re directly next to each other. To […]

Defense Matters in the NBA, Apparently

Interesting article here from Arxiv titled Finding Common Characteristics Among NBA Playoff Teams: A Machine Learning Approach. Everyone should skim the paper because it’ll show you that these academic papers aren’t overwhelming, and a lot of times, they’re good at showing steps that […]

Gather all the PGA Tour stats

As someone who likes writing and investigating data sets, and as a huge fan of golf (and writer of a golf blog, Golf on the Mind), when I realized that the PGA Tour website has a crap ton of stats […]

What’s the Average Age of a Nobel Prize Winner?

tl;dr —  Average age of a Noble Prize winner is 59.14 years old. There was a comment on HN the other day about wondering about the average age of Nobel Prize winners. I did a quick search for lists of Nobel Prize […]

When Curve Fitting Isn’t Ideal

This is the second sub problem that I’ve encountered in my DFS golf optimization / forecasting endeavor. The full post on what I’m working on is coming, and I’ll post the link to that here after I finished writing it. […]

Weekly Fantasy Golf Results and a System of Linear Equations

I had an idea recently about how to use the “wisdom of the crowds” in forecasting performance for weekly fantasy golf. I see the benefits of crowdsourcing all the time working with prediction markets at Inkling Markets, so I figured […]

NBA Data Scraping — Game Data

In sports, as in most endeavors, playing on your home field is an advantage. The crowd, the lines of sight, the mascot (eh, kind of) all contribute to the home field advantage. But how valuable is it to play on […]