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The Appeal of Operations Research and Sports

For a more recent comment on MLB scheduling and the Stephensons see my response to the 30 for 30 video. The relationship between operations research and sports is one topic that I return to often on this site.    This is not surprising:  I am co-owner of a small sports scheduling company that provides schedules to […]

Learn Operations Research, Make Millions

Russ Ohlendorf received his bachelors degree in 2006 and now, a mere five years later, he will be making $2.025 million in 2011.  The degree was in operations research and financial engineering at Princeton.  It just goes to show how far you can go in operations research:  salaries in the millions are possible! Perhaps Russ […]

World Cup Forecast Pool, with a Twist

The Brazilian Society of Operations Research is organizing a competition for predicting the results of the group stage at the upcoming World Cup.  If you have to ask for which sport, you probably aren’t the target audience:  it is for football (aka soccer).  Many sites have such pools for many sports:  for US college basketball, […]

Journalists Should Be Required to Pass an Exam on Conditional Probability

There is nothing more grating than having a journalist toss around numbers showing no understanding of conditional probability (actually, there are 12 more grating things, but this ranks right up there).  In a nice story from NBC Chicago, journalists Dick Johnson and Andrew Greiner write about an autistic teen who has picked the first two […]

Update on LRMC after first round

Sokol and teams’ Logistic Regression/Markov Chain approach had a pretty good first round in the NCAA tournament.  It correctly picked 24 of the 32 games.  On the plus side, it picked the following upsets (NCAA seeds in parens): Northern Iowa (9) over UNLV (8), Georgia Tech (10) over Oklahoma State (7), Murray State (13) over […]

March Madness and Operations Research, 2010 Edition

Normally I do a long post on operations research and predicting the NCAA tournament.  I did so in 2009, 2008, 2007 and even in 2006 (when I think I made blog entries with an IBM selectric typewriter).   This year, I will cede the ground to Laura McLay of Punk Rock Operations Research, who has a […]

Final Olympic Results: Canada owns 45.25% of the Podium

Further to yesterday’s entry, we can now determine exactly how much of the podium Canada owns.  To determine the “winner” of the Olympics, you need to determine the relative values of gold, silver, and bronze medals (with the assumption that non-medalers do not count, which is arguably false, but necessary in order to stop me […]

Canada owns 40% of the Olympic podium

In this year’s Olympics, much has been made of the Canadian efforts to “own the podium“.  Canada has spent $118 million in training its athletes, far more than the US has spent ($55 million over four years).  Since it seems that, despite a late rush, the Canadian goal of winning more medals than any other […]

Winston, Sports, Statistics, and Decision Making

Wayne Winston, author of famous textbooks in operations research and a new book on math and sports,  and sports statistics/decision making guru, has a column in the Huffington Post, which certainly catapults him to rock-star status in the operations research world.  The entries are also posted on his personal blog, where he posts additional material. […]

Scheduling the US Open

The New York Times has a nice article on what goes into scheduling the (tennis) US Open. You would think that most of the scheduling is done once the brackets are determined, but that is not the case. While the brackets determine who plays on each day, the assignment of matches to courts and to […]