—I have an interest in data science, whatever that is...
In Data Science: Identifying Variables That Might Be Better Predictors, Bill Schmarzo makes a recommendation to read Moneyball and provides a definition for data science.
His reason for reading Moneyball:
I recommend to my students to start with the book “Moneyball.” The book does a great job of making the power of data science come to life.
Data Science is about identifying those variables and metrics that might be better predictors of performance.
Key word here is might be better predictors.
The article describes the need to use different combinations of predictors and to use different data enrichment, transformations and algorithms until the best predictors are identified. It doesn’t go into how to do that.