One of the most well-known applications of data analytics in sports is Billy Beane’s unconventional approach to organizing a competitive professional baseball team. Later popularized by the book and movie Moneyball, the story exemplifies the power of data analytics and provides insight into the field’s transition from a criticized amateur approach to an integral component of a team’s success.
As I was walking out of my 9th grade pre-calculus class at Dexter School on the way to lunch, I heard Ms. Lowell call my name. “George, have you ever heard of computer science? I think you’d love it!”
What was computer science? Like building computers? I was currently struggling with my introduction to engineering class, so I quickly shrugged off the thought.