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When Moneyball Met The Bachelor

Can the same statistical methods we use for sports tell us anything about love? You bet! So will you accept these analytics?

Is reality-TV dating a sport? Of course it is! It’s competitive and strategic, and its battles reveal how its participants respond to challenges. It requires stamina. It has inspired fantasy leagues. And it’s way more popular than the biathlon. While, uh, conducting research on this matter, I realized it’s possible to apply the same kind of Giant Killer analytics we use to identify college hoops dark horses to The Bachelor: Using regression analysis, we can isolate the

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