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Picking Winner of NCAA Basketball Tournament Using LinkedIn Data

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College basketball fans are a dedicated bunch, so we came up with a “dedication score” based on their LinkedIn Profiles to select who we think will be the winner. Here’s the formula:

For each school in the tournament, we calculated

(# of current students and alumni with the word “basketball” in their profile) / (total # of current students and alumni) = Dedication Score

The school with the higher “dedication score” wins their game and advances in the bracket.

Read more: http://blog.linkedin.com/2013/03/18/picking-winner-of-ncaa-basketball-tournament-using-linkedin-data/

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Picking Winner of NCAA Basketball Tournament Using LinkedIn Data

  1. Picking a Champion The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament is underway, and we thought we’d try our hand at picking the Champion. By looking at how often each school’s alumni and students mentioned “basketball” in their profiles, we came up with a “Dedication Score” that we used to select a winner1 Louisville 1.52 for each game. How does our bracket compare to yours? 1 Kansas 1.81 Louisville 1.51 Kansas 1.8116 N.C. A&T* 1.51 16 Western Ky. 1.43 Louisville Kansas8 Colorado St. 0.82 8 UNC 1.50 Missouri 1.14 UNC 1.509 Missouri 1.14 1.51 1.81 9 Villanova 1.31 Louisville Kansas5 Oklahoma St. 0.91 5 VCU 0.91 Oregon 1.47 Akron 1.1012 Oregon 1.47 Oregon 1.51 1.81 12 Akron 1.10 S. Dakota St.4 Saint Louis 0.90 4 Michigan 0.86 Saint Louis 0.90 S. Dakota St. 1.1813 New Mexico St. 0.81 1.47 1.18 13 S. Dakota St. 1.18 Valparaiso Kansas6 Memphis 1.05 St. Mary’s 1.64 Midwest Champion South UCLA 0.98 6 UCLA 0.9811 St. Mary’s* 1.64 1.80 1.81 11 Minnesota 0.783 Michigan St. 1.13 Valparaiso Gonzaga University UCLA 3 Florida 0.86 Valparaiso 1.80 Northwestern St. 0.9414 Valparaiso 1.80 1.80 15,720 Students & Alumni on LinkedIn 0.98 14 Northwestern St. 0.94 Valparaiso Georgetown7 Creighton 1.34 7 San Diego St. 0.99 Creighton 1.34 San Diego St, 0.9910 Cincinnati 0.96 Duke 1.80 1.03 Georgetown 10 Oklahoma 0.842 Duke 1.77 2 Georgetown 1.03 Duke 1.77 Georgetown 1.0315 Albany (N.Y.) 0.83 1.77 1.03 15 Fla. Gulf Coast 1.03 Gonzaga Butler1 Gonzaga 2.46 1 Indiana 1.65 Gonzaga 2.46 2.46 2.15 Indiana 1.6516 Southern U 1.18 16 JMU* 1.27 Gonzaga Indiana8 Pittsburgh 0.81 8 NC State 1.20 Wichita St. 1.23 NC State 1.209 Wichita St. 1.23 2.46 1.65 9 Temple 0.94 Gonzaga Indiana5 Wisconsin 0.92 5 UNLV 0.91 Wisconsin 0.92 UNLV 0.9112 Ole Miss 0.88 Kansas St. 2.46 1.65 Syracuse 12 California 0.834 Kansas St. 1.14 4 Syracuse 1.57 Kansas St. 1.14 Syracuse 1.5713 La Salle* 1.03 1.14 1.57 13 Montana 1.01 Gonzaga Butler6 Arizona 1.03 Belmont 1.36 West East Butler 2.15 6 Butler 2.1511 Belmont 1.36 2.46 2.15 11 Bucknell 1.17 Belmont Butler3 New Mexico 0.75 3 Marquette 1.97 New Mexico 0.75 Marquette 1.97 1.36 2.1514 Harvard 0.58 Belmont ?.?? Butler 14 Davidson 1.937 Notre Dame 1.34 7 Illinois 1.01 Notre Dame 1.34 Illinois 1.0110 Iowa St. 0.96 Notre Dame 1.36 Computing the Dedication Score 2.15 Pacific 10 Colorado 0.782 Ohio St. 0.95 2 Miami (Fla.) 1.05 Iona 1.25 School’s student and alumni profiles with the words “basketball” Pacific 1.1015 Iona 1.25 1.34 1.10 15 Pacific 1.10 Dedication Score = School’s total number of students and alumni with LinkedIn profiles *Play-in games were decided based on Dedication Score Top Tournament Schools On LinkedIn Most Student & Alumni Profiles Biggest Alumni Group Most Profiles with “Basketball” Home Court Advantage1 UC Berkeley - 212,094 Michigan State University - 44,360 Indiana University Bloomington - 2,545 University of Florida - 8,163Data as of March 15, 2013 Most alumni on LinkedIn who live or work in Atlanta (Final Four host city) 1

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