Stephen Gorman, a junior mathematics major at the College of Charleston, spent last summer in a Research Experience for Undergraduates at Davidson College researching the mathematics of ranking methods. Recently he spoke with the College on How to Become a Billionaire in 5 Easy Steps by employing mathematical strategies to pick a winning NCAA Tournament bracket. You can learn more about Stephen’s approach here and even see how his bracket is fairing here.

Want to find out how math is used to predict winners? Check out Professor Amy Langville’s book “Who’s #1? The Science of Rating and Ranking” for more information! Professor Langville’s work on ranking and rating methods is just one example of how mathematics can be applied to solve interesting real-world problems.