Data Detectives: Are Detroit Spots Cursed?

By Connor Zahler Around most sports towns, the coming of a new season heralds joy and optimism. Maybe this year will be the year!  And the 2023-2024 Season has given Detroit fans some much-needed, long-awaited, success and excitement. We all know the Lions gave us one for the ages this year, even if they did…

QMSS in the News: Spendy Students Save A2?

By Ashley Huang A recent article from Concentrate, a digital news magazine serving Washtenaw County, highlighted a study done by QMSS students on downtown Ann Arbor’s post-COVID recovery. The study was conducted along with Ann Arbor SPARK, a local economic development agency (and longtime QMSS partner), whose members oversaw and provided insight to QMSS students…

A QUANTITATIVE LOOK AT THE SURPRISING UPRISING OF CLOTHING BRANDS

By Carolina Mondragon-Tadiotto When you step into your closet, what is it that you see? Chances are you own various pieces that are “trendy” from brands that hit the spotlight over the past few yeiars. I know I own my fair share of North Face puffer jackets and high top platform Converse. How often, though,…

DATA DETECTIVES: ARE YOU LESS CREATIVE THAN CHATGPT?

By Connor Zahler EVERYONE’S SO CREATIVE Over the past year, it’s been impossible to go a single day without a breathless headline about the promise (or doom) of AI technologies. One of the hobby horses in this cottage industry is a focus on jobs. AI will destroy your job. AI is going to make your…

SPORTS CONTRACTS: A QUANTITATIVE NIGHTMARE

SMASHING RECORDS If you follow football, you may have recently heard that Los Angeles Chargers quarterback (and owner of the second best head of hair in the NFL) Justin Herbert signed a blockbuster deal to become the highest paid quarterback in NFL history (in terms of average annual value, AAV). If that sounds familiar, it…

DATA DETECTIVES: ARE WOLVERINES LESS EMPATHETIC?

Up to this point, Data Detectives has focused on claims which lack quantitative backing due to simple errors in calculation. These are the most common types of errors you’ll see: people simply saying things without the requisite backing or people making some sort of statistical mistake that spirals. Today, however, we’ll be looking at a…

EVEN MORE PODCAST RECOMMENDATIONS FOR QMSS FANS

Written by Connor Zahler To get you through the long summer months, we’ve prepared this list of podcast recommendations for you. A note: the views and ideas expressed in any of these shows are not those of the author, QMSS, or the University of Michigan. This is not an endorsement of everything in all of…

IRONY AND IRE PART 2: DISHONESTY REDUX

Written by Connor Zahler: If you haven’t read the first part of this series, this article won’t make much sense, so go do that. Oh no-no, you can’t disguise You can’t disguise No, you can’t disguise Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies NOT MUCH INTO HEALTH FOOD: STUDY 3 An oft-quoted Bible verse…