Steven Skiena is Distinguished Teaching Professor of Computer Science at Stony Brook University. His research interests include the design of graph, string, and geometric algorithms, and their applications (particularly to biology). He is the author of five books, including The Algorithm Design Manual and Calculated Bets: Computers, Gambling, and Mathematical Modeling to Win. He is co-founder and Chief Scientist at General Sentiment (www.generalsentiment.com), a media measurement company based on his Lydia text/sentiment analysis system. Skiena received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Illinois in 1988, and is the author of over 130 technical papers. He is a former Fulbright scholar, and a recipient of the ONR Young Investigator Award and the IEEE Computer Science and Engineer Teaching Award.
A story of using computer simulations and mathematical modeling techniques to predict the outcome of jai-alai matches and bet on them successfully.
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Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. The making of a gambler; 2. What is Jai Alai?; 3. Monte Carlo on the Tundra; 4. The impact of the internet; 5. Is this bum any good?; 6. Modeling the payoffs; 7. Engineering the system; 8. Putting my money where my mouth is; 9. How should you bet?; 10. Projects to ponder; Glossary; For further reading; Index.
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