Tim Chartier to discuss March Mathness at MAA Distinguished Lecture, Feb 28

The Mathematical Association of America sponsors a series of distinguished lectures and next up (quite literally as the lecture is taking place tomorrow evening) is Tim Chartier, co-author of the forthcoming book Numerical Methods with Anne Greenbaum, discussing a subject near and dear to Princeton University Press: March Mathness.

Hopefully you’ve already RSVPd as the event page is noting that the lecture is full. But, even if you are disappointed for the lecture, remember, you can still join in the March Mathness fun right here at Princeton University Press blog. Read more about our plans.


Here is the description of Tim’s lecture:

Every year, people across the United States predict how the field of teams will play in the Division I NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament by filling out a tournament bracket for the postseason play. This talk discusses two popular rating methods that are also used by the Bowl Championship Series, the organization that determines which college football teams are invited to which bowl games. The two methods are the Colley Method and the Massey Method, each of which computes a ranking by solving a system of linear equations. We also touch on how to adapt the methods to take late season momentum into account.
Tim Chartier is an Associate Professor of mathematics at Davidson College. His ability to communicate math both in and beyond the classroom were recognized with the Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Beginning College or University Mathematics Faculty Member from the Mathematical Association of America.  His research and scholarship were recognized with an  Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. Tim serves on the Editorial Board for Math Horizons, a mathematics magazine of the Mathematical Association of America. He also serves as chair of the Advisory Council for the Museum of Mathematics. Tim has been a resource for a variety of media inquiries which includes fielding mathematical questions for the Sports Science program on ESPN.