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Math geek Detroit Tigers likely to win World Series

first_imgWhen the world of nerds collides with that of athletes, the usual result was once bloodshed (or at least a wedgie or two), but now that nerds are cool and moneyball reigns supreme, things are different. When a math expert runs the numbers for World Series probabilities, people listen.New Jersey Institute of Technology math professor Bruce Bukiet believes that the San Francisco Giants have just a 42% chance of winning the annual baseball championship. In other words, with a 58% chance of winning, the Detroit Tigers are Bukiet’s pick.He believes that the Tigers will clinch victory after five games, meaning the statistical probability says that the Giants should win just one match in the best-of-seven competition.Bukiet is not just some random math geek trying to get his name into the discussion of the World Series. He has been running statistical models for the sport for 12 years. For eight of those years, his predictions have been better than official betting odds.He did correctly predict the Tigers would be the winner in the American League. However, he placed an overwhelming 68% probability for the St. Louis Cardinals to best the Giants. To be fair, though, the Giants overcame tremendous odds that no one expected. The team was down in the championship series by 3-1, so that was a statistical fluke.Of course, statistical flukes are rampant in the world of sports, but now that you know an expert has crunched the numbers and given the edge to the Tigers, you have to admit you’re starting to believe that’s what will happen.NJIT, via Examinerlast_img read more