Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Germany to meet Argentina in World Cup final, tech firms predict

Microsoft and Google are predicting a Germany vs Argentina World Cup final, based on their respective data analysis

Germany will beat Brazil, and Argentina will beat the Netherlands in the World Cup semi-finals, resulting in a final clash between Germany and Argentina on Sunday 13 July, technology companies Microsoft and Google are predicting.
Microsoft's artificially intelligent digital assistant Cortana has accurately predicted the outcome of every match of this year's World Cup elimination round, surpassing even Paul the 'psychic' octopus in its predictive abilities.
Cortana's predictions come from Microsoft's Bing search engine, which was updated at the beginning of the tournament to support World Cup predictions.
Microsoft's predictive models evaluate the strength of each team through a variety of factors such as previous win/loss/tie record in qualification matches and other international competitions, and margin of victory in these contests.
Further adjustments are made related to other factors which give one team advantages over another, such as home field (for Brazil) or proximity (South American teams), playing surface (hybrid grass), game-time weather conditions, and other such factors.

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