Bracketology algorithms are getting smarter


San Antonio, TX—Back in the day shortly after the turn of the century, Ed Feng was a Ph.D. student at Stanford studying chemical engineering. At the time, he never thought that his research on the dynamics of liquids using statistical physics would one day lead to an algorithm that ranks sports teams, today.

Almost two decades later, Dr. Feng manages a site, The Power Rank, devoted to sports analytics based on statistical physics which works much in the same manner as Google’s PageRank algorithms work for ranking websites.

For college hoop enthusiasts who are filling out their brackets for this month’s madness, The Power Rank’s data may provide helpful statistics and new predictions.

Although The Power Rank is one of many sports analytics websites, Dr. Feng thinks that it has certain advantages over others that improve the accuracy of its predictions. One of its biggest advantages is that it adjusts for a team’s strength of schedule throughout the year—a feat that involves greater modeling and calculations of more sets of new numbers.

— Source: The Power Rank


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