predictions. Over the weekend Microsoft pushed out new feature for Cortana that will allow WP8.1 users to
access predictions by Bing.
Cortana’s group manager Marcus Ash
revealed this new feature in his tweets, users can ask Cortana about 2014 World
Cup football matches. The feature will use Bing’s search engines prediction
which was earlier used in reality TV shows based on messages on Twitter and
Facebook. Microsoft stated :
the tournament, our model evaluates the strength of each team through a variety
of factors such as previous win/loss/tie record in qualifications matches and
other international competition and margin of victory in these contests,
adjusted for locations since home field advantage is a known bias. Further
adjustments are made related to 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.
In addition, data obtained from prediction markets allows us to tune win/lose/tie probabilities due to the ‘wisdom of crowds’ phenomenon captured by the people wagering on the outcome.
to predict match results for games like football. I have myself tried this on
my WP8.1 Developer Preview updated Lumia 820 and results have been pretty
awesome. Till now Cortana has predicted for Brazil, Columbia, Netherland, Costa
Rica, France & Germany to win their Last 16 matches.
WP8.1 Developer Preview as beta is still available only in US, if you want to
use Cortana outside US phone region is to be set as US.