For Immediate Release
March 24, 2003

Contact:  Robert Florida
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NJIT Math Professor Predicts Major League Baseball Season

WHO: Bruce Bukiet, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematical sciences at New Jersey Institute of Technology who has an expertise in mathematical modeling, has issued his Major League Baseball 2003 analysis.

WHAT:Bukietís model predicts that the Yankees, White Sox, Mariners and Red Sox will top the American League (AL), while the Phillies, Astros, Díbacks and Giants will take the National League (NL) The Phillies should dethrone the Braves for the NL East title with 92 wins. The Astros should win 95 games to take the NL Central, and the Díbacks should repeat in the West with 102 wins. The Giants should win 92 to again take the NL wild card slot. In the AL, the Yankees should win 110 to take the East, while the White Sox should win 90 to take the Central. The Mariners should win the West with 106 wins. More information is available on Bukietís web page:

WHERE:Bukiet is available weekdays for interviews in his office at 518 Cullimore Hall or by phone: (973) 596-8392. His email address is

HOW:Bukietís model gives a game-by-game probability of each team winning, taking into account each teamís schedule. The average for each teamís pitching performance is applied, although during the season daily win probabilities will be posted on his website:

BACKGROUND: Bukiet recently discussed his baseball model on CNN Headline News. Heís also been interviewed by CBC radio featured in the Jerusalem Post, the National Post (Canada) and other publications.


NJIT is a public, scientific and technological research university enrolling more than 8,800 students. The university offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees to students in 80 degree programs throughout its six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey School of Architecture, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, Albert Dorman Honors College and College of Computing Sciences. The division of continuing professional education offers adults eLearning, off campus degrees and short courses. Expertise and research initiatives include architecture and building science, applied mathematics, biomedical engineering, environmental engineering and science, information technology, manufacturing, materials, microelectronics, multimedia, telecommunications, transportation and solar astrophysics. Yahoo! Internet Life magazine cites NJIT as a "perennially most wired" university.

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