Several years ago I stumbled into a nice sequence. All my nice sequences have been things I stumbled upon. This one looked at the most basic elements of information theory by what they tell us about the NCAA College Basketball tournament. This is (in the main) a 64-team single-elimination playoff. It’s been a few years since I ran through the sequence. But it’s been a couple years since the tournament could be run with a reasonably clear conscience too. So here’s my essays:
- How Interesting Is A Basketball Tournament? 63.
- What We Talk About When We Talk About How Interesting What We’re Talking About Is, that is, 63 what.
- But How Interesting Is A Real Basketball Tournament? considering it’s not really 63 exactly.
- But How Interesting Is A Basketball Score? I make it out at about 5 1/3.
- Doesn’t The Other Team Count? How Much? I figure about 10.8.
- A Little More Talk About What We Talk About When We Talk About How Interesting What We Talk About Is to put some technical terms in, and ask a question I admit I can’t answer.
And this spins off to questions about other sports events.
- How Interesting Is A Football Score? Something like 8.72.
- How Interesting Is A Baseball Score? Some Partial Results The historical record suggests it’s between 3.76 and 9.25.
- How Interesting Is A Baseball Score? Some Further Results I have reasons to say it’s about 7.
- How Interesting Is A Low-Scoring Game? If I make up numbers, then I come to say it’s about 5.8.
And I still figure to get to this year’s Pi Day comic strips. Soon. It’s been a while since I felt I had so much to write up.