Archive for March, 2009

The Perfect Bracket

Sunday, March 29th, 2009
The Perfect Bracket

Last week I wrote about a "wisdom of crowds" strategy for picking my March Madness basketball bracket. Down to the Final Four, I'm doing pretty well: tied for 2nd in my office pool, and in the 94th percentile of all 2 million brackets submitted on Yahoo! Sports. But doing well still means... »

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The Oracle of Brackets

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009
The Oracle of Brackets

It's March and you know what that means: Time for a little madness at the big dance! OK, so I don't know anything about basketball, but a minor point like that isn't going to stop me from entering a bracket in the office pool. Just so we're all on the same page, the NCAA College... »

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The Future is Yesterday

Saturday, March 21st, 2009
The Future is Yesterday

Independent teams from Yahoo and Google recently demonstrated that search volume for flu-related terms strongly correlates with CDC reported influenza levels, suggesting that search logs could be used to monitor public health. It is certainly tantalizing to think the same technology that shows Isaiah Thomas is "on fire" today ( »

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