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08-05-2012, 06:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Iain Fyffe View Post
My only comment at the moment is about the unfortunate tendency to give new advanced stats impenetrable names. There's no reason at all for this to be called PDO. It's not descriptive in the least; it's not even an attempt to be descriptive. The same goes for Corsi and Fenwick. I don't want to believe it's an attempt at exclusiveness, where a thing is called something non-descriptive so that only those in the know will understand it. But sometimes I do wonder. There's any number of things I developed over the years that I could have just called "the Fyffe ratio" or what have you, but I use descriptive terms, because the purpose of new stats is to explain and clarify things, not to obfuscate them.

Sorry, that's presumably not the type of thought you were looking for.
I couldn't agree more about this.

If Corsi were just called "shots taken plus-minus" (or something similar) then maybe people would take it more seriously for what it is and what it isn't.

(For one thing, by its very nature it can't measure shot quality. Not that that's a bad thing - the stat is what it is. It'd be like getting upset at a pair of hockey skates because they don't protect your head.)

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