# Mathematical Digest

### Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics

in the Popular Press

"Yeeeeeeeeeer Out!" NetWatch, *Science,* 4 April 2003, page 27.

NetWatch has a short article about a site that tells you when amajor league baseball team is eliminated from the playoffs. When there are onlytwo teams contending for a playoff spot and few games left in the season, thecalculation is easy. Yet when there are many teams in contention or more than afew weeks left in the season, the calculations are not so straightforward. TheRemote Interactive Optimization Testbed project at the University ofCalifornia, Berkeley, hosts the site and uses linear programming to make thecalculations feasible.

*--- Mike Breen*