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Computer Predicts Winner of 2009 NCAA Tournament

Computer Predicts NCAA Tournament Winner . . . Maybe

You know it's basketball season when you start getting emails about March Madness. I don't know if your office has gone as NCAA crazy as mine has, but it seems like everyone is getting in on the basketball fun —even if they don't follow basketball.

But trying to predict or guess the winner of the tourney has gone further than betting in office pools — Joel Sokol, a Georgia Tech professor, says his computer program has predicted a winner, based on raw data like team records and point margins. You know, things you can easily find on the Internet.

Why is this news you ask? Well, the same program correctly predicted last years Final Four and winner. Since I'm not a basketball expert, I won't begin to try to explain the intricacies of "braketology" (the process of trying to predict a winner for the tournament), but I will say this: I've entered my office pool just for kicks, and put all my monopoly money on UNC!


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ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
well it's nice to know that there's a computer out there that thinks it's able to see into the future. i hope that people aren't hedging their bets on the outcome - just based on the fact that the computer says that it's so. :)
Carrie-Sue Carrie-Sue 7 years
Blah, indeed! You can't predict something like that...too many variables! What if 3 of the best players from the team they say will win break their legs or are hospitalized or break a fingernail? C'mon. :)
syako syako 7 years
Blah! UNC will be out sooner than that! :raspberry:
starangel82 starangel82 7 years
I'm still hoping for Memphis.
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