Dear Nate Silver: Hire Better Editors
I get that some folks thought we were being too hard on Silver over the Pielke stuff. Fine. But look at this recent piece of utter dreck. Anyone with a basic understanding of statistics (ie not Benjamin Morris) would know that you don’t suss out meaning in regressions using highly highly correlated numbers.
Multicollinearity is an actual thing. You have to consider interaction terms and It’s not a difficult thing for actual quantitative researchers to know. And you know what? A basic understanding of demographic and nutritional data would know that weight and height are HIGHLY correlated variables, especially in such a selectively created population like the NFL. Otherwise the result is just numerology. May as well hire Dan Brown to write articles about quarterbacks, seriously.