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Sports Statistician’s Apprentice: Bracketology

Sunday, June 1, 2014
11:00 am - 12:15 pm

The Apprentice programs are small, hands-on workshops in which enthusiastic renowned scientists in interesting fields educate the curious.

Ever wanted to be a fortune-teller? Bracketologists combine the fun of sports with the logic and statistics of math to try to predict the future and win bragging rights. Davidson College math professor Tim Chartier, a contributor to ESPN’s Sports Science, uses formulas and code to make very smart predictions about which team will come out on top during NCAA “March Madness” basketball games—and he’s right more often than most. He’ll demonstrate tricks and techniques for applying statistics to public scores and rankings to help you compile smart brackets. Using his methodology will help you dominate the competition in the tournament next March, and anywhere else that extremely educated guessing comes in handy.

This is a drop-off workshop where young scientists learn directly from leading scientists, technologists, and innovators. Ages: 7th grade and above

This program is supported by the Bezos Family Foundation. 


Tim ChartierMathematician, Author

Tim Chartier is a mathematician and author whose work regularly appears in the Huffington Post Science blog. In 2014, he was named the inaugural Math Ambassador of the Mathematical Association of America. He is on the advisory council for MoMath, the first museum of mathematics in the U.S.

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