August 31, 2003

math? a real world application?

POST #    335

i'm sitting here doing some nfl reading on football outsiders and they are doing predictions for the year to come. in their predictions, they mention pythagorean theorem and how it can predict win/loss records. of course, this peaked my interest, so i clicked on their link. they obviously discuss how it relates to football, but they also give a nice summary of how it works. essentially, the theorem is that when you square of runs scored and divide by the square of runs scored plus points allowed, you can predict a team's wins. the actual factors are different for every sport and have been refined, but i still think it's pretty cool how it works out.

read more about it on football outsiders or for a full blown analysis of the theorem, read baseball prospectus.

Posted by tien mao in Sports at 10:40 AM



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