20060317, 19:02  #1 
P90 years forever!
Aug 2002
Yeehaw, FL
2·5·17·43 Posts 
March Madness 2006
It's fun while it lasts.
Day 1: 15 out of 16 correct. That is not good enough to crack the top 1000 at espn.com's tournament challenge. When I was 11 out of 12 and in 10,000th place it said I was in the 100th percentile. Assuming this is a rounding up of 99.5%, that means there are 2 million or more entries. 
20060317, 19:30  #2 
∂^{2}ω=0
Sep 2002
República de California
5·7·331 Posts 
I don't follow college basketball, so in our annual NCAA championship office pool I always put my $5 in as the "placebo"  i.e. predictions strictly based on seedings. I know it's boring, but I feel I'm doing my part in the way of scientific rigor that way. ;)
For a knownothing like me the other approach that seems interesting is some form of rankingweighted simulated annealing, e.g. randomization with the odds of an upset being less for the relatively higher seeds in each game. George, how many of the first 16 games' outcomes went counter to the relative seedings, and which one did you predict incorrectly? 
20060317, 20:24  #3 
P90 years forever!
Aug 2002
Yeehaw, FL
2·5·17·43 Posts 
I'm not claiming great insight, just good luck.
There were two 512, one 611, and one 710 upsets. Plus there was one 89 tossup game. I only missed the 611 upset. Very fortunate. Of course with 2 million entries if you don't get the final 4 right and at least 7 of the final 8 right then getting these first rounders right just doesn't matter. 3:00 update. Only 2 of 4 right today. Missed the 314 upset and only got one of the two 89 tossups correct. Last fiddled with by Prime95 on 20060317 at 20:24 
20060318, 00:46  #4 
Nov 2004
2^{2}×3^{3}×5 Posts 
Hope my Arizona Wildcats weren't a problem for you today, George. They finally played up to their potential.
I'm usually lucky to get 60% of the first round right How do you manage 15 out of 16? Are you combining all the different ranking systems in some magical way? Would a distributed computing system help? My computer's available if it would help get you a few more correct picks. Norm Last fiddled with by Spherical Cow on 20060318 at 00:48 
20060318, 02:42  #5  
P90 years forever!
Aug 2002
Yeehaw, FL
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I don't have any special means of picking a bracket. I will use some math though. ESPN publishes the "national bracket" at http://games.espn.go.com/tcmen/nationalBracket If I'm getting good value to pick an upset, I'll do so. For example, The Georgetown (7) vs. Northern Iowa (10) game. Georgetown was being picked by 79% of the entrants. I suspect a 10 seed has at least a 35% chance of winning. So I picked Northern Iowa because 35% of the time I'll be gaining on 79% of the field. A "net positive" bet in the long run Last fiddled with by Prime95 on 20060318 at 02:42 

20060318, 02:44  #6 
P90 years forever!
Aug 2002
Yeehaw, FL
2·5·17·43 Posts 
Now its time to root for the UNC Tar Heels! If we don't get to the Final Four this year, we will next year!

20060318, 03:51  #7 
P90 years forever!
Aug 2002
Yeehaw, FL
2·5·17·43 Posts 
Uh oh. Down at the half. Time to break out the liquor.

20060318, 12:21  #8 
Bamboozled!
"𒉺𒌌𒇷𒆷𒀭"
May 2003
Down not across
2916_{16} Posts 
Would someone like to explain what the hell this is about?
Paul 
20060318, 13:47  #9 
May 2005
Naperville, IL, USA
2^{2}×7^{2} Posts 
Every March, the National Collegiate Atheletic Association (NCAA) stages a basketball tournament. This event has become known as "March Madness" or "The Big Dance." Sixtyfive teams are chosen and play in a seeded tournament to determine a national champion college basketball team each year. The first game was last Tuesday. It was the "play in" game to determine the sixtyfourth seeded team in the tournament. Because this team is cannon fodder, no one pays much attention to it. The first big day was Thursday when sixteen games were held at eight different sites. One of the US TV networks, CBS, has had the contract to broadcast the games for twenty years or so. A big change this year is that games from outside the local TV broadcast area are being streamed live on the Internet and edited highlights of the games are available for sale in the Apple iTunes store. This tournament is the biggest sports advertising venue of all in the US. The championship game will be played on April 3.
George completed his "bracket" and predicted the teams that will advance to the different rounds of the tournament, which is known for "Cindarella" teams (a lower seed) winning an upset on occasion. An industry has grown up around the tournament because so many people complete brackets and want to know how well they are doing. Some do this just for fun; many bet money on their "bracketology" prowess. Many offices have betting pools on the tournament. The US economy is said to suffer quite a productivity hit as people pay attention to the tournament rather than their work. 
20060318, 20:50  #10  
Cranksta Rap Ayatollah
Jul 2003
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20060318, 22:23  #11  
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Sep 2002
República de California
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