In Praise of Complexity

Corey Yung

Corey Rayburn Yung is a Professor at the University of Kansas School of Law. His scholarship primarily focuses on sexual violence, substantive criminal law, and judicial decision-making. Yung’s academic writings have been cited by state and federal courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States. Before Yung began his professorial career, he served as an associate for Shearman & Sterling in New York and clerked for the Honorable Michael J. Melloy of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

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3 Responses

  1. Dave Hoffman says:

    “I disagree with his contention that empirical legal studies are facing widespread incomprehensibility due to growing complexity.”

    Corey – I said no such thing. I “wondered” whether this was a problem, and then quoted a sabermetrics post that made that claim about baseball statistics as a warning.

  2. Corey Rayburn Yung says:

    Hi Dave,

    I’m sorry if I misrepresented your argument. I meant “facing” in the forward-looking-concern sense of the word, but my word choice should have been better (or I should have said “might face” instead). I’ll correct my post to properly reflect your contention with no ambiguity about it.


  3. Jason W. says:

    Apparently the very word “sabermetrics” is inaccessible to Corey. I don’t want to be snarky, but seriously: Google.

    Also, as a less well-known FYI, there are myriad differences between the different calculations of WAR. The defensive metric can be a major area of disagreement between competing calculations, but it’s just one of several.