Jess BehrensFeb 71 minLooking to 2020: A Summary of ImprovementsIt's early February & the tournament prospects for each team for 2020 season are starting to come into focus. That means it's time to summa

Jess BehrensJun 8, 20199 min2019 NCAA Tournament Lessons #5: Game TheoryPopulation dynamics together with economic & evolutionary Game Theory produce the 11 tournament Hawk/Owl tournament finals (p<0.000001)

Jess BehrensJun 2, 20194 minStatistics & Database ProgrammingI first learned to write SQL code as part of the West Nile Encephalitis Monitoring program 20 years ago..

Jess BehrensJun 1, 20194 minGeographic Information Systems (GIS) ExamplesAs a trained cartographer, I have 14 years of experience working with most of the major GIS packages.

Jess BehrensJun 1, 20196 minData Visualization ExamplesHaving always loved basketball, I decided to use publicly available data on the Men's College Basketball Tournament to learn data science

Jess BehrensMay 25, 20197 min2019 NCAA Tournament Lessons #4, cont'd: Seaborn ClustermapsFew tournaments were as memorable as 2011 & 2014. Both of these saw surprising teams play in the final for the championship.

Jess BehrensMay 23, 20198 min2019 NCAA Tournament Lessons #4: Seaborn ClustermapsMany of my earlier posts included Seaborn Clustermaps as an illustration, which I used to show how tournament years clustered.

Jess BehrensMay 19, 20193 min2019 NCAA Tournament Lesson #3: Over-Population & Lotka-Volterra, cont'd.Continuing from the previous post, the figures below show the remaining species' Lotka-Volterra plots based on the 20,000 simulations.

Jess BehrensMay 19, 201910 min2019 NCAA Tournament Lesson #3: Over-Population & Lotka-VolterraWayyy back in Chapter 13 last year, I described the use of the Lotka-Volterra equations to understand the tournament.

Jess BehrensMay 12, 20198 min2019 NCAA Tournament Lesson Learned #2: Hawk/Owl DefinitionIn Lesson 1, I talked about the problem of over-fitting. I'm going to continue on that theme, but focus on Evolutionary Game Theory.

Jess BehrensMay 11, 20194 min2019 NCAA Tournament, Lesson Learned #1: Weighting NetworksThe 2019 tournament came and went with varying successes/failures

Jess BehrensJan 12, 20194 minHawks, Doves, & Owls: The Loss Network & Girvan-Newman Clusters - Chp. 24by Jess Behrens © 2005-2018 Jess Behrens, All Rights Reserved If we consider, again, the homophily graph first displayed in Chapter 20, reproduced here as F...

Jess BehrensJan 1, 20197 minHawks, Doves, & Owls: Predicting Tournament Entropy with Evolutionary Game Theory - Chp. 23by Jess Behrens © 2005-2018 Jess Behrens, All Rights Reserved "In popular science, entropy is just viewed as the gradual increase of chaos, randomness, diso...

Jess BehrensDec 31, 20184 minHawks, Doves, & Owls: Entropy, Nash Equilibrium, & Tournament Clusters - Chp. 21by Jess Behrens © 2005-2018 Jess Behrens, All Rights Reserved "I think you should always bear in mind that entropy is not on your side." --Elon Musk Musk is...

Jess BehrensDec 31, 20188 minHawks, Doves, & Owls: Game Theory & Tournament Clusters - Chp. 22by Jess Behrens © 2005-2018 Jess Behrens, All Rights Reserved In my last post I covered entropy and how it can be used to develop an estimate for how 'disor...

Jess BehrensDec 4, 201813 minHawks, Doves, & Owls: Birds of a Feather -> the Homophily Principle - Chp. 20by Jess Behrens © 2005-2018 Jess Behrens, All Rights Reserved "Similarity breeds connection. This principle—the homophily principle—structures network ties ...

Jess BehrensSep 30, 20187 minHawks, Doves, & Owls: Which Teams Benefit from Uncertainty? - Chp. 19by Jess Behrens © 2005-2018 Jess Behrens, All Rights Reserved Over the past few chapters, I've illustrated, using tables & graphics, how the tournament stru...

Jess BehrensSep 15, 20182 minHawks, Doves, & Owls: Structural Holes - Chp. 18by Jess Behrens © 2005-2018 Jess Behrens, All Rights Reserved In Chapter 17, I posted about how the structure of the tournament effectively chooses who wins...

Jess BehrensSep 9, 201818 minHawks, Doves, & Owls: The Dove-Owl Surge, Chp. 17by Jess Behrens © 2005-2018 Jess Behrens, All Rights Reserved Up to this point, I've worked faithfully under the impression that the tournament is essential...

Jess BehrensSep 9, 20186 minHawks, Doves, Owls: Improving the Method - Chp. 16by Jess Behrens © 2005-2018 Jess Behrens, All Rights Reserved Because building a model like this is a process, I continually look for ways to improve it. T...