Feature engineering is paramount — many competitions give you a set of unknown features and require black box algorithms to be trained on them. Black box algorithms can be effective, but Throne emphasises hypothesis generation, which involves designing features with domain knowledge about sport to create models that can find edges against the public.
I’ve owned all-but-one model iPhone, but I’m not doing much to celebrate our 10-year anniversary. The iPhone changed my life in countless ways, but its greatest long-term effect has been the dulling of my introspective and creative faculties. I’ve grown uncomfortable with boredom, consuming news at every idle moment. I’ve arranged for myself a menagerie of pull-to-refresh Skinner boxes, which have seriously affected how my brain regulates dopamine. On the rare occasion I manage to buckle down and focus, a notification will inevitably steal minutes of my attention with a mere ten-second context switch. It’s hard to discuss productivity in any serious way without acknowledging how much our tools and our brains have changed since 2007.