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If economic forecasting models can predict Olympics outcomes, can they be applied by college applicants vying for acceptance into the Ivy Leagues?

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updated: Aug 16, 2021


As a student at Harvard, Steve Gardner from Ivy League Prep Academy took “Economics of Innovation” taught by professor Dr. Dan. Dubbed by Forbes as “the man who predicts medals,” Johnson was globally recognized for his accuracy in predicting Olympic country winners.

The data had nothing to do with their athletic prowess, yet in 2000, 2004, and 2008 his statistical model was over 90% accurate in estimating how many medals each country would take home. Steve decided to repurpose his secret — and apply it to Ivy League college admissions.

Cracking the Code to Ivy League Admissions

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