Place Your Bets: Tim Chartier Develops FIFA Foe Fun to Predict World Cup Outcomes

Tim ChartierTim Chartier, author of Math Bytes: Google Bombs, Chocolate-Covered Pi, and Other Cool Bits in Computing has turned some mathematical tricks to help better predict the outcome of this year’s World Cup in Brazil.

Along with the help of fellow Davidson professor Michael Mossinghoff and Whittier professor Mark Kozek, Chartier developed FIFA Foe Fun, a program that enables us ordinary, algorithmically untalented folk to generate a slew of possible match outcomes. The tool weighs factors like penalty shoot-outs and the number of years of matches considered, all with the click of a couple buttons. Chartier used a similar strategy in his March Mathness project, which allowed students and basketball fans alike to create mathematically-produced brackets – many of which were overwhelmingly successful in their predictions.

Although the system usually places the most highly considered teams, like Brazil, Germany, and Argentina at the top, the gadget is still worth a look. Tinker around a bit, and let us know in the comments section how your results pan out over the course of the competition.

In the meantime, check out the video below to hear Chartier briefly spell out the logic of the formula.

Happy calculating!

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We’ll also see you at the Joint Mathematics Meeting January 9-12 in San Diego, CA at booth 311! The following book signings will be held at our booth:

Wednesday, January 9
2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m., Glen Van Brummelen, Heavenly Mathematics: The Forgotten Art of Spherical Trigonometry

Thursday, January 10
1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Alexander J. Hahn, Mathematical Excursions to the World’s Great Buildings
3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., Michael Starbird, The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking

Friday, January 11
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Persi Diaconis and Ron Graham, Magical Mathematics: The Mathematical Ideas That Animate Great Magic Tricks
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m., Dana Mackenzie, The Universe in Zero Words: The Story of Mathematics as Told through Equations
3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., Siobhan Roberts, Wind Wizard: Alan G. Davenport and the Art of Wind Engineering

Also, stop booth 311 to chat about March Mathness! We’re aiming to double last year’s six participating schools with a goal of twelve in 2013, providing entertainment for math and basketball aficionados alike! Find out more here in the meantime: