We use math and computers to make sense of sports numbers and visualize the results.
Interactive March Madness Bracket
Using our college basketball rankings, we computed the win probabilities for teams in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Then coding and design guru Angi Chau visualized the results for the 2012 tournament in this interactive bracket. Hover over the circles to see the probability for each team to win that game. Hover over the teams to view their win probability for each round.
Adjusting College Football Numbers for Strength of Schedule
In the era of cupcakes, Oregon faces powerhouses like Missouri State while Florida State takes on Savannah State. These games can inflate statistics like average margin of victory and pass yards per attempt. Our algorithm takes these raw statistics and adjusts for strength of schedule. In 2012, we used these numbers to preview Stanford at Oregon, a game in which Stanford came away with a 3 point win in overtime.
The Top 10 Things To Know About Our Methods
For those that want to dig deeper into our methods, this articles gets into everything from the statistical physics behind our algorithm to exactly how many Bowl game winners it has picked over the last 10 years. We’ll even solve a linear system of equations and give an intuitive explanation of the algorithm in terms of a fickle fan. Ready to dive into all 2000 plus words? There’s even a promise for those that make it to the end.
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