Mark Cuban: the missing numbers in a championship

Stephen Baker

I've written more than once that I'm writing a book about data, and how mathematicians and computer scientists are mining, analyzing and modeling our data to redefine our lives and jobs. The more I focus on it, the more examples I come across. The latest: Mark Cuban, controversial owner of the Dallas Mavericks talks about mathematical optimization of his runner-up team:

"What any of the 13 participants on the court did and how they did it is pretty easy to document for 99.9 pct of the time on the clock. The other .01 can be grey. It doesnt really matter. Aggregate data from a lot of games over a lot of seasons, and all of the sudden you have a database with value... Once you have information, then you can start to define excellence and strive for it, measuring your progress along the way."

Hmmm. Should I include him in the book? I'd probably have to do the research by e-mail--and face the risk of having our exchange blogged. Still, it's an idea.