Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Stat Guy - Pi Day

Pi day celebrated by mathematicians around the world on March 14th (3/14) every year. Pi (Greek letter) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant - the ratio of the circumference of a circle to it's diameter - which is approximately 3.1415.

Why does this matter you ask? Pi is an irrational and transcendental number. It will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern.

Pi day in Fairbanks, Alaska presents a statistical anomaly which involves The WCHA, Nanook Hockey, and the Carlson Center.

With Alaska locking in the 3rd seed, they will host 6th seeded UAA. Due to the Arctic Winter Games, our home playoff series must start on March 13th rather than March 14th as games elsewhere in the WCHA. That means that Pi Day could be a very special day for Nanook fans as well as mathematicians. The Nanooks could be the first team to punch their ticket to the WCHA Final Five in Grand Rapids, Michigan's Van Andel Arena March 20th-22nd, 2014. So let's hope to celebrate together on Pi Day, fans!

Go Nooks, Math Rocks

The Stat Guy

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