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Science Tips For March Madness Bracket

KristianNeidig297 2018.04.27 07:09 조회 수 : 18

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r />You hear that? It might take the form of arguments happening in the cubicle down the hall, or perhaps a co-worker's feverous scribbles on a coffee-stained sheet of paper. Either way, that's the sound of March Madness, the annual single-elimination tournament that pairs 64 of the best NCAA Division 1 college basketball teams against each oth

r />Every year, this half-month-long exhibition captures the attention of fans, gamblers, investors, and advertisers. But they aren't the only ones: It turns out that researchers, too, have been paying attention, and some of their results concerning this maddening affair are quite interesti

r />Anyone who has a vested interest in college basketball—or really who's ever filled out a bracket—knows that calling March Madness a "maddening affair" is no exaggeration. March Madness seems to be the most consistent producer of upsets, where the most dominant teams can have their season grind to a screeching halt in a matter of minutes. Filling out a bracket which correctly guesses each of the 63 games, as is the tradition, is next to impossible (the chances of actually doing that are one in 9.2 quint

). Might as well just flip a coin then, right? Actually, you sh


Dae Hee Kwak, assistant professor of sport management at the University of Michigan, filled out three brackets in 2012 by relying on the flip of a coin. As the study

, his average of correct winners was higher than that of his participants, who filled out their bracket using, you know, actual knowledge of college basketball. This led him to conclude: "A grandmother who's never seen a game has a similar chance of doing as well as her grandson who spends eight hours a day watching and researching basketb


While the chances of filing out a perfect bracket are—let's be honest—basically zero, the tournament is still one of the most popular annual sporting events in the country. Last year, 184 million unique viewers
ed
via television, online, or other streaming services. (That's 64 percent of the United States' population.) While it has been well documented that the annual tournament is a blow to workplace productivity—total revenue lost while employees are filling out brackets, watching games, tweeting, or checking scores is supposed to total $1.9 billion
ear
—the stock market will still ultimately benefit.
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