Sportscasting: NCR 315 v. IBM 1130

Two years ago, after a long, futile debate with friends about who was the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time, Miami's Murry Woroner, 43, a full-time producer of radio specials and part-time sports buff, decided to take the question to the nearest modern oracle: a computer. He asked 250 boxing writers and other ring experts to rate famous pugilists on a scale of 58 variables, ranging from the standard (speed, cutability, punching power) to the subtle (killer instinct, ring generalship, courage). With the help of a few experts, he studied shadowy old...