Posts Filed "Sports"

Mathing My Way Through Football Season

I don’t know much about sports. I played tennis growing up, I used to “watch” football games in college, and I know that Ty Cobb has the highest career batting average in Major League Baseball (I read it somewhere), but that’s about where my knowledge of sports breaks down. I try not to have a snide attitude about it, I just didn’t really find it very accessible – it was hard for me to make it feel relevant to me.

A couple of years ago, my coworkers started a March Madness pool at the office and I was feeling a little left out. I realized after hearing people going on about free throw percentages and win/loss ratios that there is a lot of data out there about sports, and figured that might be my in – could I use data to win the office March Madness bracket contest? Could I put all those sports fanatics to shame using the powers of computer science and mathematics?!

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