March brings March Madness, the annual single elimination basketball tournament showcasing the best college teams in the country. Almost as mad as the games are office pools where participants try to pick as many correct game winners as possible prior to the start of the tournament.
You are invited to our upcoming webinar on the science behind the brackets, led by Yale SOM Professor Edward Kaplan on March 14th at 12:00pm EST.
In this webinar, Yale SOM Professor Edward Kaplan will describe the structure of single elimination tournaments and illustrate their properties with simple probability examples. He will then describe how to “fill in the brackets” to maximize the expected number of points in a bracket contest. We can’t promise that you will win your pool, but we can assure you that you will have a lot of fun trying.
When: Tuesday, March 14th at 12:00pm EST
Edward H. KaplanWilliam N. and Marie A. Beach Professor of Operations Research at Yale School of Management
Edward H. Kaplan is William N. and Marie A. Beach Professor of Operations Research at Yale School of Management, where he teaches an MBA course on sports analytics. Professor Kaplan's research has been reported on the front pages of the New York Times and the Jerusalem Post, editorialized in the Wall Street Journal, recognized by the New York Times Magazine's Year in Ideas, and discussed in many other major media outlets. The author of more than 125 research articles, Professor Kaplan received both the Lanchester Prize and the Edelman Award, two top honors in the operations research field, among many other awards. Kaplan’s current research focuses on the application of operations research to problems in counterterrorism and homeland security.