ACM Chicago Meeting - (Topic: Analytical Models for Generating NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Bracket Pools) - Wednesday, March 20 at 6 PM CT

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Mar 18, 2024, 11:42:46 AMMar 18
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Dear ACM Chicago member,

Our ACM Chicago meeting is this week - WednesdayMarch 20 at 6 PM CT with Dr. Sheldon Jacobson.  
Details of the meeting are here:

Join us for Analytical Models for Generating NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Bracket Pools: Injecting Computation into March Madness here - MEETING LINK
  • Topic overviewEach year, the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament attracts popular attention, including bracket challenges where fans seek to pick the winners of the tournament’s games. However, the quantity and unpredictable nature of games suggest a single bracket will likely select some winning teams incorrectly even if created with insightful and sophisticated methods.
  •  We propose several computational models to estimate the probability mass function of all possible tournament outcomes based on past tournament data.  These brackets are assessed by the ESPN scoring system.
  • The results suggest that  given a sufficiently large pool of brackets, such models are effective in capturing high scoring brackets with high frequency.  More information on this and related research can be found at

  • Speaker overview: Sheldon H. Jacobson is a Founder Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  
  • He holds a B.Sc (Mathematics) from McGill University and a Ph.D. (Operations Research) from Cornell University.   
  • Sheldon's research interests focus on using operations research and artificial intelligence to address public sector problems and to inform public policy. Full bio here - Dr Jacobson's bio
Hope to see you there!

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