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Title Improving your NCAA bracket with statistics / Tom Adams.
Imprint Boca Raton, Florida : CRC Press, [2019]


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Series ASA-CRC series on statistical reasoning in science and society
ASA-CRC series on statistical reasoning in science and society.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Bio/Hist Note Tom Adams is the creator of Poologic, a website that has provided research-based advice on winning bracket pools since 2000. Poologic has been featured in the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, SmartMoney, and other publications. He is a systems analyst who has spent most of his career in scientific research support. He has publications in the area of statistics and probability. He has a BSc in mathematics from the University of North Carolina.
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed January 17, 2019).
Subject NCAA Basketball Tournament.
NCAA Basketball Tournament.
Basketball -- Statistics.
Basketball -- Betting -- Statistical methods.
Genre Statistics.
Contents Cover; Half Title; Series Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; Preface; Acknowledgments; Chapter 1: The Birth of the Pool; 1.1 The Tournament; 1.2 The Bracket Pool Emerges; 1.3 A Natural Experiment in Economics; 1.3.1 Simplify the Problem; 1.3.2 A Team's Chances of Winning; 1.3.3 Are There Favorable Strategies?; 1.3.4 Pooled Betting; 1.3.5 Some Pool Players Already Knew; 1.3.6 What a Competitive Pool Would Look Like; 1.3.7 Are Most Pool Players Irrational?; 1.3.8 Was the Simplified Problem Good Enough?; 1.3.9 Down-Bracket Chalk; 1.4 Obama's Brackets; 1.5 Metrick's Impact
Chapter 2: Predicting the Tournament Outcome2.1 An Example of a Tournament Outcome Model; 2.2 Why Use a Probability Model?; 2.3 Estimating Game Outcome Probabilities; 2.4 Converting a Point Spread to a Probability; 2.5 Using Rating-based Spreads; 2.6 Improving the Tournament Outcome Model; 2.7 Precision versus Accuracy; 2.8 Will a 16 Seed Ever Beat a 1 Seed?; 2.9 Judging Models based on the Tournament Outcome; 2.10 Judging a Model-Generating Method; 2.11 Using a Tournament Outcome Model in Bracket Pool Strategy; 2.12 The Team Advancement Table; Chapter 3: Ratings versus Seedings
Chapter 4: The Conquest of Pools with Upset Incentives4.1 How Upset Incentives Work; 4.2 The Expected-Point-Maximizing Bracket; 4.3 Monte Carlo Computer Simulations; 4.4 Finding the EPM Bracket; 4.5 Direct Calculation of the EPM Bracket; 4.6 EPM for the Public; 4.7 EPM Results; 4.8 Strengths and Weaknesses of the EPM Bracket; 4.9 Surprising Reactions to Expected-Point Maximizers; Chapter 5: Predicting Your Opponent's Brackets; 5.1 Data Sources for an Opponent Model; 5.2 Advancement Table Bias; 5.3 A Pick Advancement Table Example; 5.4 Some Laws of Probability
5.5 Pick Advancement Table Characteristics5.6 Converting an Advancement Table into an Opponent Model; 5.6.1 The mRchmadness Method; Using the Categorical Distributions; Simulating Categorical Distributions; 5.6.2 Reverse Engineering a Markov Model; 5.7 Summary; Chapter 6: Parametric Whole-Bracket Optimization; 6.1 Inputs to the Strategy; 6.2 The Goal: Maximizing Expected Return; 6.3 Assumptions of the Method; 6.4 The Opponent Score Probability Distribution; 6.5 Your Bracket is the Decision Variable; 6.6 Distinguishing Your Bracket from the Competition
6.7 Estimating the Return of a Candidate Bracket6.8 Searching for the Optimal Bracket; 6.9 The Optimal Bracket for a Pool with a Million Opponents; 6.10 The Normality Assumptions Evaluated; 6.11 Variations in Tournament Outcome Models; 6.12 Sources for the Opponent Model; 6.13 Conclusion; Chapter 7: A Practical Contrarian Strategy; 7.1 Pool Betting Behavior; 7.2 Defining Return on Investment; 7.3 Tournament Outcome Models; 7.4 Estimating ROIs Using Simulations; 7.5 Most Players Make Bad Bets; 7.6 A Similarity Metric; 7.7 Identifying Contrarian Champs; 7.8 Improving Your Bracket
Summary Twenty-four million people wager nearly $3 billion on college basketball pools each year, but few are aware that winning strategies have been developed by researchers at Harvard, Yale, and other universities over the past two decades. Bad advice from media sources and even our own psychological inclinations are often a bigger obstacle to winning than our pool opponents. Profit opportunities are missed and most brackets submitted to pools don't have a breakeven chance to win money before the tournament begins. Improving Your NCAA Bracket with Statistics is both an easy-to-use tip sheet to improve your winning odds and an intellectual history of how statistical reasoning has been applied to the bracket pool using standard and innovative methods. It covers bracket improvement methods ranging from those that require only the information in the seeded bracket to sophisticated estimation techniques available via online simulations. Included are: Prominently displayed bracket improvement tips based on the published research A history of the origins of the bracket pool A history of bracket improvement methods and their results in play Historical sketches and background information on the mathematical and statistical methods that have been used in bracket analysis A source list of good bracket pool advice available each year that seeks to be comprehensive Warnings about common bad advice that will hurt your chances Tom Adams' work presenting bracket improvement methods has been featured in the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, and SmartMoney magazine.
Other Title Print version: Adams, Tom. Improving your NCAA bracket with statistics. Boca Raton, Florida : CRC Press, [2019] 1138597783 9781138597785