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WATCH: UNC Students Pitch Legal Stats, Making Sense of Crime and Court Data

Say you’re accused of a legal offense and you have to make the decision to fight it or plead guilty and hope for the best. Besides the advice of lawyers, there’s little hard data out there to help you make the decision. But Legal Stats is out to reverse that assumption. A team of UNC students found that data (at least in North Carolina) and is determined to make it usable. The plan for Legal Stats is to develop an algorithm that factors your offense, the arresting officer, race, age, neighborhood and the judge’s record to determine the likely...

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ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight, Durham’s Automated Insights Headline Basketball Analytics Summit

Meet Debby Stroman, a PhD, UNC professor, former college basketball player and assistant coach, entrepreneur and sports business aficionado who is inspiring her students to start and launch businesses inspired by sport. This afternoon and tomorrow at UNC, she hosts the first Basketball Analytics Summit to introduce students and others in the community to sports analytics, an avenue that’s growing in significance. She figures that the region’s strength in entrepreneurship and its basketball rivalries make it a natural place for innovation in sports business and technology to happen. Industry leaders from around the nation are coming to speak and...

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