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 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 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, ...

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 cha...

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."...

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 est...

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—stru...

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 wa...

Jess BehrensSep 6, 20186 minHawks, Doves, & Owls: Lotka-Volterra Predator/Prey Dynamics in the NCAA Men's Basketball Touby Jess Behrens © 2005-2018 Jess Behrens, All Rights Reserved By now it should be obvious that I believe the field of ecology has a lot ...

Jess BehrensAug 14, 20188 minHow to save the NBA: A Heresy.by Jess Behrens © 2005-2018 Jess Behrens, All Rights Reserved The NBA is almost dead. Ok, from a financial standpoint, that statement i...

Jess BehrensAug 5, 201810 minHawks, Doves, & Owls: How the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament is Like an Election - Chp. 15by Jess Behrens © 2005-2018 Jess Behrens, All Rights Reserved Typically, when we think of competition, we believe that 'the best team wi...

Jess BehrensJul 25, 20189 minHawks, Doves, & Owls: Those Pesky 5 Seeds - Chp. 12by Jess Behrens © 2005-2018 Jess Behrens, All Rights Reserved Every March, when you sit down to fill out your one of 40 million brackets...

Jess BehrensJul 21, 20185 minHawks, Doves, & Owls: Updated Linear Model - Chp. 11by Jess Behrens © 2005-2018 Jess Behrens, All Rights Reserved Back in Chapter 6, I talked about how the primary factor affecting who win...

Jess BehrensJul 17, 20188 minHawks, Doves, & Owls: Let's play some football! - Chp. 10by Jess Behrens © 2005-2018 Jess Behrens, All Rights Reserved I'm going to shift gears here for a second to take what I've learned and t...