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The math behind March Madness

A Q&A with statistician Shane Jensen, who discusses the math behind sports team rankings, why March Madness has so many underdog victories, and how technology might change how analysts study sports teams in the future.

Erica K. Brockmeier

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Trump-friendly Newsmax bundled into Comcast’s Xfinity service

The Annenberg School for Communication’s Victor Pickard discussed conservative news channel Newsmax and its recent deal with Comcast. If Comcast is “feeling the heat from the right, it will make sense to appease some of those critics,” said Pickard.


The Wall Street Journal

Levi CFO returns to NYSE to float another family-owned American Icon

David Wessels of the Wharton School said the key to a successful IPO is strategically positioning a company to buyers and then building on investors’ confidence by teasing the company’s next major steps.


PBS NewsHour

Genetic research has a white bias, and it may be hurting everyone’s health

PIK Professor Sarah Tishkoff and Giorgio Sirugo of the Perelman School of Medicine collaborated on a paper that concluded that predominately European genetic databases may lead to difficulties treating people from other racial backgrounds. “If we don’t include ethnically diverse populations, we are potentially going to be exacerbating health inequalities,” said Tishkoff.


The New York Times

A.I. can improve health care. It also can be duped

The Wharton School’s Hamsa Bastani said it’s worth keeping an eye out for possible manipulations of health care billing with the introduction of artificial intelligence software.



Why Tesla needs Elon Musk

In an op-ed, the Wharton School’s Rahul Kapoor wrote that Tesla owes its success to Elon Musk’s leadership, in spite of calls for the CEO to step aside. “Getting rid of Musk is more likely to derail [Tesla’s] competitive edge as a pioneer and a technology leader than to sustain its agenda of disruption.”


Philadelphia Inquirer

University of Pennsylvania Health System names insider as new CEO, succeeding Ralph Muller

Kevin Mahoney has been named CEO of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. President Amy Gutmann praised Mahoney’s “profound personal commitment to Penn’s ambitious vision to build the academic health system of the future.”


A spinal surgery, a $101,000 bill, and a new law to prevent more surprises

Benjamin Chartock, a Ph.D. student in the Wharton School, said a new law in New York that created a binding arbitration process between hospitals and insurers is “keeping patients out of the middle of these billing disputes.”


The Atlantic

I gave up and let Instagram shop for me

Emily Hund, a doctoral candidate in the Annenberg School for Communication, is quoted on how Instagram serves advertisers and audiences aesthetically and ideologically.


Philadelphia Inquirer

In new book, Wharton prof shows how Facebook, Amazon, and Netflix algorithms shape our decisions

Kartik Hosanagar of the Wharton School spoke about his proposal for greater transparency via an “Algorithmic Bill of Rights.” Hosanagar believes consumers have a right to know when algorithms have made significant decisions about them and what data were used to reach those conclusions.



In lieu of ‘objectivity,’ journalism professors argue for credibility and directness

Barbie Zelizer of the Annenberg School for Communication spoke about the problematic nature of “objectivity” in journalism, which she considers an “unachievable ideal.”