Albion College

Mathematics and Computer Science

Mathematics and Computer Science

COLLOQUIUM

Mathematics and the Outcomes of Sporting Events

Jonathon Lorenz, '15

For most casino games, the probabilities of outcomes are fairly straightforward to estimate. But what happens when we try to predict the outcome of a sports game? This talk explains the ins and outs of sports betting, and how gamblers use math to forecast winners. We will also cover the Pythagorean Method for NBA games, as well as how casinos ensure they make a profit. We will also examine influential figures in the mathematical examination of sports, like Bill James.