Software To Predict Sporting Events

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Some AI researchers have been putting their skills to good use trying to build some software that will accurately predict the outcome of rugby matches (though, they say it will work on any team sport). The system works by looking at statistics and determing what is more likely to make a winning team. The creators claim that it’s 66% accurate, which is better than human predictors can usually do. I’m not sure how big a deal this is. People have poured over statistics for ages in order to better predict sports outcomes – but it still doesn’t seem to matter much come gametime. Sure, you can often pick out the better team, and they’re more likely to win, but I’m not sure how much “AI” that really involves. This program just can hold and compare more stats at once, more accurately than a human looking at the same data.

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Mike (profile) says:

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I agree that 66% sounds good… but that doesn’t say if it takes odds into account. If a terrible teams is always playing a great team, then it’s easy to be right on who wins many more times than you’re wrong. That’s why bet makers put odds on sporting events. There was no indication that the software took odds into account, which makes me think this isn’t much of a big deal at all.

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