Statistics Predicts 2011 Baseball Results

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Out of Left Field
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"For over a decade, a math professor has applied mathematical analysis to compute winning games for each Major League Baseball Team."

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ScienceDaily: Latest Science News Download time: Apr 1 2011 7:43 AM ET

Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants should win their divisions, while the Atlanta Braves will take the wild card slot in the National League (NL), according to NJIT's baseball guru Bruce Bukiet. For over a decade, Bukiet, an associate professor and associate dean, has applied mathematical analysis to compute winning games for each Major League Baseball Team.

This year, he said that in the American League (AL), the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox should tie for first place in the East, with both making the playoffs, while the Detroit Tigers will edge out the Minnesota Twins in the Central Division and the Texas Rangers will repeat as winners in the West. His predictions aim to promote the power of math. He wants young people to see how math can be fun, how it can clarify issues and how it might make a great college major.

Bukiet bases his predictions on a mathematical model he developed in 2000. Last year he updated his formula, leading to better results. BaseballPhD.net named him Predictions Champ in 2010.…