Michael Schwimer – Moneyball as an Investment Strategy

Capital Allocators | 15 October 2018 | 0h 55m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Michael Schwimer of Big League Advance, a company that investments in Minor League baseball players in exchange for a percentage of their future earnings. Discusses his analytical approach to playing professional sport, his application of Sabermetrics, his concern for player welfare and the process of recruiting funders. Fascinating from both sports and data science perspectives.

What Causes What?

Planet Money | 17 October 2018 | 0h 19m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Discussion with Charles Wheelan, author of “Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data”. Uses stories about school performance and hormone replacement therapy to show how clever natural experiments can distinguish cause from correlation.

How Well Do You Understand Your World?

More or Less: Behind the Stats | 3 September 2018 | 0h 9m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Discussion with Bobby Duffy, author of “The Perils of Perception: Why We’re Wrong About Nearly Everything” about why we are often wrong about a lot of basic facts.

Crowdsourcing Predictive Algorithms

Invest Like the Best | 4 September 2018 | 0h 48m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Conversation with Richard Craib, the founder and CEO of the hedge fund Numerai. Discusses how Numerai has used anonymised data and cryptocurrency rewards to crowdsource the development of investment models.

Dr Andrew Leigh: Why Policy Should Follow Trials

RNZ: Sunday Morning | 7 April 2018 | 0h 20m | Listen Later 
Interview with Australia’s shadow assistant treasurer Dr Andrew Leigh, author of “Randomistas”, on why random testing can provide data for policies that work. Advocates for evidence-based policy through the use of random trials. Examples covered include random trials helping to reduce crime and inequality and fascinating insights on sham surgery.