The point structure is that each person picks 8 of the 64 teams. For every game that those 8 teams win, the person gets the team's seed added to their point total. This makes the team selection a very, very interesting exercise: pick a high seeded team and be very confident of getting a few points, or pick a lower seeded team and risk getting no points, but perhaps win the whole thing with that one team.
I bought a copy (price: one starbucks coffee) of 24 seasons worth of data from a dependable source (he knows i'll poison his next coffee if he made a mistake). Now the issue I'm grappling with is that he and I both know we have the same data, so a game theory element is added.
For those who are interested, it turns out that 3 seeds and 6 seeds have historically done fairly well, and I've cooked up some rationalizations that I like for why this might be the case, but then we'll just see what happens this time around.
If you want to enter this one as well, you don't have to share your algorithm.
I just think it will be more interesting if at least the winner does share.
Also, the password to the jottit page you link to isn't "hackernews" like it says.
I haven't found a great site for scrapable stats. I'm using http://msn.foxsports.com/cbk/stats which is at least a step up from ESPN's stats.
If anyone has a better source, I'd be very interested as well. And if anyone wants to create one -- I guarantee it will make money from sports touts, especially if you niche down to one sport and charge less than statfox.com
Can someone recommend a similar site?
In the meantime -- don't even worry about posting the algorithm. If your bracket starts to kick ass, just email me with your description or a link to your personal blog post about it, and we'll have a writeup of the top performers. Or -- easiest solution yet -- just post it as a message in the Yahoo! group.
Built on CouchDB by the way.
If you want to get a little more hardcore, check out HN user lance's post about using Logistic Regression Markov Chains for your bracketology:
Feel free to steal my code
UCLA beats Gonzaga and Memphis beats Louisville, Memphis beats UCLA for title.
1) first assume that no upsets will occur
2) then apply the upset rule to all brackets and to the final games.
- teams from the east beat teams from the north and midwest (2 seed points)
- teams from the south beat teams from the west (1 seed point)