How Interesting Is March Madness?
And now let me close the week with some other evergreen articles. A couple years back I mixed the NCAA men’s basketball tournament with information theory to produce a series of essays that fit the title I’ve given this recap. They also sprawl out into (US) football and baseball. Let me link you to them:
- How Interesting Is A Basketball Tournament? in which I consider 63 single games and whether one team or the other wins, which is what usually happens.
- What We Talk About When We Talk About How Interesting What We’re Talking About Is as I fill in some terminology.
- But How Interesting Is A Real Basketball Tournament? noting that sometimes you know who’s going to win a game before the game even starts.
- But How Interesting Is A Basketball Score? in which I open information theory to points-shaving.
- Doesn’t The Other Team Count? How Much? in which I ponder how to extend the information content of a single score to cover the case of two teams being in the game.
- A Little More Talk About What We Talk About When We Talk About How Interesting What We Talk About Is which fills in some more of the terminology and historical content.
- How Interesting Is A Football Score? as I try to figure out (US) football as an information-theory puzzle.
- How Interesting Is A Baseball Score? Some Partial Results that are based on historic data, so far as I could find, and that should extend to any low-scoring sport.
- How Interesting Is A Baseball Score? Some Further Results as I got some other historical data and refined my estimate based on what scores actually turn up a lot, as opposed to that time a game ended with a score of 49 to 33.
- How Interesting Is A Low-Scoring Game? in which I address baseball and any other low-scoring sport, such as soccer or hockey, by the simple process of making up data and seeing what those imply.