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Here’s a fun exercise. Remember back in high school calculus when you would find the peak of a curve by setting its derivative to zero? That’s a basic example of mathematical optimization. Regression is another, more complicated form of optimization. In regression we want to fit a line or curve so that the difference between the predicted values and the observed values is minimized. Simply put, optimization is finding either the maximum or minimum of a function, subject to a list of constraints.
Optimization is the hidden science behind much of the world around us. It’s how airlines know how…
Mike Sando, national NFL reporter for ESPN returns to the podcast to recap his list of the best and worst offseason player acquisitions. Mike and Dave discuss the challenges of building a roster through veteran acquisitions, and review Mike’s picks for 2015 NFL MVP. They look at which coaches are on the hot seat, and debate which potential coaching vacancies present the best opportunities for success. The episode ends with a deep dive into Mike’s daily work covering the NFL. He provides Dave some detailed pointers on how he watches live and televised games in order to learn the most about…
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Mike Sando, national NFL reporter for ESPN, returns to the podcast to recap his list of the best and worst offseason player acquisitions. Mike and Dave discuss the challenges of building a roster through veteran acquisitions, and review Mike’s picks for 2015 NFL MVP.