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NCAA number-crunching

March 20, 2013

President Barack Obama may have picked IU to win it all in the NCAA, but IU professor Wayne Winston gives IU about a 12 percent chance of winning, according to a story from Indiana Public Media and IU’s public radio station WFIU.

He should know.

The John and Esther Reese Professor of operations and decision technologies at IU Kelley School of Business in Bloomington, Winston is author of Mathletics: How Gamblers, Managers, and Sports Enthusiasts Use Mathematics in Baseball, Basketball, and Football (issued in an updated paperback edition in 2012),  and a former M.I.T. classmate of Jeff Sagarin, the Bloomington, Ind.-based sports statistics guru for USA Today and other venues.

Despite his expertise at using math to accurately assess athletes and athletic outcomes,  Winston acknowledges that statistical analyses aren’t for everyone. “Some don’t like it because it gives an unambiguous answer,” Winston said in an article for IU’s Research & Creative Activity magazine. “You should be able to look at a game and have your opinion. But the math is a piece of the equation.”

Read more about how Winston crunches the numbers for sports.

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