Faculty Advisor

Olson, Sarah D


The goal of this project is to examine the public opinion of using technology to automate the MLB strike zone and its possible effects on MLB's run-scoring environment. To examine public opinion, a survey will be administered and an interview with someone inside baseball scheduled for a more nuanced look. To examine the possible effects, data from the 2007-2014 seasons will be analyzed using Markov chains in an attempt to predict the differences between letting umpires call balls and strikes and leaving it to technology. Initial results suggest that automation would increase offense, but that fans are not quite ready to trust the technology.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2015

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mathematical Sciences