game theory

NCAA Tournament Strategy (2015)

See my bracket here:  https://justtaptheglass.com/post/114047837204/ncaa-bracket-2015 These have been my most successful years in bracket pools, the ones with a standout favorite.

 I am rolling with Kentucky. 

 The team is loaded with NBA talent and two dominant NBA prospects in the post. Most teams are fielding post players below 6’9’’—they will have all sorts of …

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Underdogs in Education (Part 1): For-Profit Schools as a Case Study in Game Theory

This is Part 1 of a Two-Part Post on Education in America. David and Goliath, one of the most well-known stories in the bible, provides a good framework for evaluating competition between asymmetrical combatants. When you’re an underdog, you don’t win by playing by the book. You have to take risks and embrace schemes that may increase …

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NCAA Tournament 2014: Strategies For An Optimal Bracket

The NCAA Basketball Tournament is upon us again. It’s one of the few times I actually watch college basketball. It’s the start of bracket frenzy. While last year’s results were disappointing, the strategies I’ll employ in my pools haven’t changed. In bracket pools—and life—, you get the best results when you keep one eye on what everyone …

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Stop Exposing Your Hole Cards: A Lesson in Negotiation

  I sent the following email to a popular exercise instructor on Youtube. His website had a page listing his hourly rates for training and educational services. His company thanked me for the email and said they’d make my recommended changes immediately.

Fantasy Football 2013: What The Stock Market Can Teach Us About Draft Strategy

September kicks off another fantasy football season. I play in a standard-scoring, 12-team league on Yahoo with a few notable scoring changes: Kicker scoring is reduced from “3pts, 4pts, 5pts” to “1pts, 2pts, 3pts”. Receiving/Rushing touchdowns are ‘5pts’. Passing TDs are ‘4pts’. Points are lost for fumbles, not ‘fumbles lost’. Fumble recovery is random, so …

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Life Lessons I Learned From The Game of Monopoly

  If you like Monopoly, you’ll love this post. I wrote a piece for CurrentPhotographer.com on lessons we can learn from the game of Monopoly. Current Photographer has some great articles for artists, photographers and techies alike. Trevor Current, photographer and website founder, has done work for the likes of Sony Corporation and Mars Inc. …

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