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Math Club: "Going for Broke, the Quest to pick the Winner Every Time"

Ryan Moruzzi, UC Riverside

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
  4:10–5 p.m.

Location: Surge Building 268
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Category: Gathering


Every year in the month of March, 64 teams in Mens College Basketball are selected for a tournamentknown as the March Madness Tournament. During this time, many people are ll out a bracket, choosing who they think will win, with some wagering money on it or doing it for mere bragging rights. In 2014,Warren Buffet, the famous billionaire, o ered up 1 billion dollars for anyone who picked a perfect bracket!

Needless to say, millions of brackets are entered every year. Mathematically, you can use some Linear Algebra to determine rankings of the teams in the eld. We will look into some of the methods of ranking systems and how it applies to choosing brackets. There is much interest in finding the "best" ranking system; being able to predict the winners of a competition would be great. But of course, sports is so unpredictable, hence the name March Madness Tournament.

Additional Information: Math Club

Open to: Students Only
Admission: Free
Sponsor: Mathematics

Contact Information:
Dr. Kevin Costello