March Madness has begun–basketball fans all over the world will watch anxiously as their teams compete in the NCAA basketball tournament in the hope of making it to the April 7 championship game. Associate Professor of Mathematics Tim Chartier is helping fans take a more analytical approach to their tournament brackets this season. His expertise in applied math and sports data analytics has attracted the attention of the New York Times, CBS, USA Today and many other national media outlets.
Chartier has been working with his students to develop algorithms to assist fans as they fill out their brackets-valuable information for those hoping to cash in on billionaire Warren Buffett's basketball bracket challenge. Chartier and his students shared their findings at the National Museum of Mathematics, New York, March 13. In celebration of "Pi Day" (March 14), Chartier led a virtual field trip through the museum courtesy of Google Connected Classroom.
Greg Macnamara, a Davidson alumnus who now works as an economic consultant at Analysis Group in Washington, DC, and Andrew Liu '14, were instrumental in getting the March MATHness website up and running.
Chartier, who was appointed in 2014 as the first-ever "Math Ambassador" by the Mathematical Association of America, also has applied his expertise with the home team by working with students to analyze game stats for the Wildcat men's basketball coaching staff.