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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Can Math Predict the Future... Of the World Cup?

Today is the first game of the World Cup Semi-finals! Unfortunately, this time around we don't have Paul the Octopus to help us know who the victors will be, but Microsoft has us covered! Cortana, the intelligent personal assistant for Windows devices, has used Microsoft's Bing search engine to correctly predict the outcome of every elimination round match of this year's World Cup. Using algorithms and machine learning models, Bing has correctly predicted not only World Cup games but also picked contestants of voting shows. Here's more information on what it is and how it was designed.

Want to see the predictions for the Semi-finals? Let's see if Master Chief was right in going with Cortana over an octopus. Check it out here!

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