What we can learn about data collection from the Houston Astros

I recently finished a book called, Astroball written by Ben Reiter. It tells the unlikely story of how the Astros went from the worst team in baseball to winning a World Series a few seasons later. As much as I wish I could say I didn’t like the book (I’m a Mariners fan after all) it was a compelling read and gave me great insight into their organization and methodology.

What Do the Terms “Structured” and “Unstructured” Data Actually Mean?

If you’re like most people in the world of analytics, you probably didn’t get a formal education on the topic. Sure, we all know a few data scientists, but most of us came from other backgrounds. When semi-familiar terms are tossed around, it’s easy to nod your head along with the crowd while in the back of your mind wondering, “does that mean what I think it means?”.