Here are a few links about the NCAA basketball tournament. If you find any good OR/MS bracketology articles, please post them in the comments. Every year, I try to blog through the tournament, but seeing as today is my due date, I probably won’t be in any condition to blog in the near-future. I’m tucking a copy of the bracket into my hospital bag in case I have the energy to casually follow the tournament (although I will have more important things on my mind this year!).
Here are three different lists that rank the teams in the tournament using various OR and statistical methods:
- An article featuring Joel Sokol provides an excellent guide to using the LRMC method for filling out a bracket (I mentioned LRMC in yesterday’s post).
- Ken Pomeroy’s log5 method for ranking teams provides an overall ranking of teams as well as the probabilities that each team will reach each round. Pomeroy also has a blog post about log5.
- Jeff Sagarin of USA Today provides a third set of team rankings. Wayne Winston also has a list of tournament odds by round based on Jeff Sagarin’s rankings.