The Harvard Data Science Review podcast aims to show news, policy, and business through the lens of data science. Each episode is a ‘case study’ into how data is used to lead, mislead, manipulate, and inform the important decisions facing us today
Xiao-Li Meng, Co-host | Liberty Vittert, Co-host
Tina Tobey Mack, Producer
Rebecca McLeod, Executive Producer
Episode 3. Predicting (2021) Oscar Winners: How Crystal is the Statistical Ball? (April 15, 2021)
What are the biggest predictors of an Oscar win? What are the pros and cons of using quantitative vs. qualitative data? Has the film industry’s increased use of streaming services impacted Oscar predictions? Hosts Xiao-Li Meng and Liberty Vittert investigate these questions and more by speaking with two renowned Oscar awards predictors: Boston Globe film critic and columnist Ty Burr and Ben Zauzmer, author of Oscarmetrics: The Math Behind the Biggest Night in Hollywood.
See also Ben Zauzmer’s related article in HDSR: "Oscar Seasons: The Intersection of Data and the Academy Awards".
Episode 2. Tracking the (Money) Balls: How Data Science is Becoming a Game Changer (March 19, 2021)
Data science is huge in sports, and it's not just game stats anymore. Player and ball tracking data are changing the way major sports leagues play games. We dive into how these data are analyzed and what the results mean to coaches and teams with Kirk Goldsberry, NBA analyst at ESPN and author of “Sprawlball,” and Brian Macdonald, Faculty in Sports Analytics at Carnegie Mellon University.
See also Brian Macdonald’s related article in HDSR: “Recreating the Game: Using Player tracking Data to Analyze Dynamics in Basketball and Football”
Episode 1. The Data of Love (February 12, 2021)
Xiao-Li and Liberty speak with relationship experts Drs. Julie and John Gottman from the Love Lab. Listen to find out how to insure your relationship lasts the test of time.