Friday, March 28, 2008

Engineering Professor Schools March Madness Maniacs

ATLANTA (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A professor in Atlanta is schooling basketball fans on the mathematics of March Madness.

Joel Sokol is a systems engineering professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, who, along with two other professors, has created a computer ranking system called LRMC that consistently predicts NCAA basketball rankings more accurately than esteemed sportswriters and coaches.

According to Sokol, LRMC uses the math technique of “logistic regression” to calculate the probability of which teams will succeed in the b-ball tournament.

The ranking system looks at factors like where the games were played, each team’s record, and margins of victory.

Based on the numbers, Sokol predicts that University Of Kansas is the team to beat, although the top team doesn’t always win the tournament.

Even if Kansas doesn’t win, at least Sokol is scoring with his students.

He’s gotten major “cool points” with his Georgia Tech students ever since he started LRMC in 2004, and even gives extra credit to those who help him with the mathematical rankings.

Still, Sokol has no plans to use LRMC to start a basketball betting business in Las Vegas.

He says, “We only use our ranking powers for good!”

The NCAA Tournament ends April 7.

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