Achievement Metrics

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Michael Agger, Slate senior editor, discusses the Ohio-based company Achievement Metrics and their use of speech analysis on NFL draft prospects. They use speech analysis to look for specific traits and compare similar players by correlating certain traits with future performance. Achievement Metrics grew out of a company called Social Science Automation, which does most of its work for the United States government.


Michael Agger

Comments [8]

ellen from nyc

Lenny, your first 2 guests have related subject matter. Regarding the test given to football players to analyze their future performance. Let’s apply this to our corporate CEOs and government leaders, Maybe we could predict from their conversation and choice of words, if they will proceed to be predators on society to reap billions off the backs of the rest of the population, or do they have any sense of affiliation, cooperation, or responsibility to the society and rest of us. Give this test to our candidates for president, congress and the court! Then use the results to weed out the irresponsible and greedy, as Jeff Madrick was talking about. Touchdowns are nice, but saving our economy is also even nicer.

Jun. 01 2011 01:10 PM
dboy from nyc

... could use this incredible technology in Williamsburg to help determine who will become the next hot, aging hipster skateboarder!!

Valuable stuff!

Jun. 01 2011 01:04 PM
Peter from PLG

@ dboy
um, I find this pretty fascinating.

I don't believe that the use of "um" has a direct correlation with intelligence (though possibly background). It is often related to introspection and irresolution.

Jun. 01 2011 01:02 PM
dboy from nyc

Who wastes their time and brain cells on this stuff???

Jun. 01 2011 12:58 PM
Bernard from Bronx

Simple question: what is Achievement Metrics success rate overall? Based on what I've heard so far there seems to be more bust than boom.

Jun. 01 2011 12:57 PM
dboy from nyc

Isn't this kinda the same thing the previous guest was warning us about??

Jun. 01 2011 12:55 PM
Franco ambriz from Park Slope

Mr. Agger's speech is so annoying -- with his uhs, SO, mmm, um, thank God he's not up for a job at the NFL. If "speech" is an indication of education/background... Mr. Agger is in BIG TROUBLE.

Jun. 01 2011 12:53 PM

troubling: for all of us, not necessarily NFL prospects. "the company" may be "upfront about dealing in probabilities" but that does not stop those who use the data from jumping to broad conclusions without basis. And I can just imagine this data may be associated with a person and carried around forever in this Age of Information...

Jun. 01 2011 12:51 PM

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