Date of Graduation

Spring 2018

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Major

Statistics

Research Sponsor

Dr. Richard Einsporn

First Reader

Dr. Nao Mimoto

Second Reader

Dr. Curtis Clemons

Abstract

The purpose of this Senior Honors Project is to research, study, and demonstrate newfound knowledge of various machine learning statistical techniques that are not covered in the University of Akron’s statistics major curriculum. This report will be an overview of three machine-learning methods that were used to predict NCAA Basketball results, specifically, the March Madness tournament. The variables used for these methods, models, and tests will include numerous variables kept throughout the season for each team, along with a couple variables that are used by the selection committee when tournament teams are being picked. The end goal is to find out which machine learning method populates the most successful bracket by using key differential statistics between teams and variables of past tournament winners using Neural Network, Boosted Decision Trees, and Naïve Bayes methodologies.

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