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March 19, 2012

If you haven't gotten the chance already, I'd recommend reading the recent blog posts discussing the International Experience. As a second-year student, I can honestly say that this 10-day trip abroad is one of the most formative, memorable and unique parts of the Yale SOM experience. As my classmates have described in their blog posts, the list of leaders that we have access to by traveling under the Yale SOM name is remarkable. However, I'd like to let you in on a little secret ...

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February 8, 2012

The Yale School of Management Center for Customer Insights, in conjunction with the Yale SOM Marketing Club, is hosting its sixth annual Marketing conference on this Friday, 2/10.

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January 5, 2012

If you like Football or math, this post is for you. As a follow up to Professor Kaplan and my weekly Mathletics NFL rankings, listed below are the final rankings of the 2011 season:League Avg: 22.26 Home Edge: 3.42

 

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December 11, 2011

This past Wednesday was the last Mathletics class of the semester. The last week consisted of class presentations and had topics ranging from marathon running to soccer.To follow up on my group's project which explored which regular season statistics were the best predictors of playoff success, we found that while regular season win percentage was a somewhat reliable predictor in the NBA and NFL, the best predictor of the MLB playoffs is luck. Listed below are the Week 14 Mathletics football rankings.

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November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving! Listed below are the updated Mathletics Football rankings for Week 12. The Packers are still on top, though they the 5th ranked Detroit Lions this week in Detroit.

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November 17, 2011

It's just about that time of the semester where our focus in many classes shifts to our term projects. For Mathletics, we get to pick our own topics and my group has chosen to evaluate the playoff systems of the 3 major sports leagues (MLB, NBA, NFL) to see which one most effectively selects the best team. My hypothesis is that the NBA does due to its long series and widespread playoff participation, though I will report back our results after we've conducted the research. In our last post, Koopman prize winning professor Ed Kaplan provided us with up-to-the minute football rankings.

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November 13, 2011

Fall 2 is fully underway and one of the electives that I am taking is called Mathletics. Over the next month, I will be working with Professor Ed Kaplan to provide some insight into this unique class. Here we go: Probability modeling and statistics are fundamental tools of management science. Building upon earlier core coursework in probability, statistics, and spreadsheets, Mathletics is designed to provide additional experience using these modeling tools via applications to entertaining problems in sports.

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October 3, 2011

Before orientation last August, a then first-year sent out an email to the Class of 2012 listserv announcing the Yale SOM Fantasy Football league. The challenge was issued and with only 12 teams, the league was filled within an hour. We kicked off with an in-person draft during orientation and proceeded into the season, complete with trash talk, trading and apathy (one team in particular was guilty of this).

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January 6, 2011

For first-year students, the spring semester is the first opportunity to add elective classes to our schedule. We have six classes left in the core – three (Operations, Employee, Macroeconomics) to be taken in Spring 1 and three (Integrated Leadership Perspective, Innovator, State & Society) to be taken in Spring 2. That means that we can choose up to eight credits of electives this spring. One of the great things about Yale SOM is that, even as a first-year student, there are many options beyond the traditional business school electives (though they are all offered).

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October 7, 2010

Ever since four first-year students ran into James Franco during orientation at A-1 Pizza, the legend of James Franco has been growing within the Yale SOM community. There were James Franco sightings at Louis’ Lunch, Blue State Coffee and the Yale Repertory Theater. And then there was last night. A few lucky SOMers celebrated the end of Fall 1 classes by attending a screening of “Howl,” the new film about the famed poet Alan Ginsberg. The screening was put on by the Yale University Whitney Humanities Center and with a theater capacity of only 200 people; seats were in high demand.

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