Bing's prediction engine, employed by Cortana, had the Warriors winning the NBA Finals

We all know that Cortana is a gambler's dream. The virtual voice-activated personal assistant has proved her forecasting abilities with amazing calls in the World Cup, the Super Bowl and even in a European singing contest. What you might not know is that Cortana employs Bing's prediction engine to make these great calls.

So how did Bing (and thus Cortana) do during the now ended NBA post-season. Amazingly, out of the 15 series that made up the playoffs, Bing/Cortana had correctly predicted 12 of them. The stats that were used to make the picks included historical team performance, head-to-head results, home-court advantage data, playoff experience, year-over-year team composition and more.

While Bing/Cortana did call for the Warriors to win it all before the playoffs started, one of the three series it had wrong was the Eastern Conference Finals. The Cleveland-Atlanta match-up was correctly predicted, but Bing/Cortana perhaps failed to dial up LeBron James' will which led it to predict a Golden State-Atlanta Final.

Still, the predictions overall were quite impressive considering that injuries, fatigue and travel can play an important part in a best-of-seven series. 

source: MSN via MicrosoftNews



1. ePoch270

Posts: 193; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Big deal. It picked the obvious winner. I got 14 out of 15 and I barely watch Basketball. I picked the Spurs to clip the Clippers, BTW. How about a pre-season prediction. That would be noteworthy. Bing is as smart as 80% of the country.

2. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Finaly , this guy gets it. And dont people think Google could be 20x better at this, just because it has 100000000000x bigger knowlage database that is based on spying 2 billion people. Now that would be a worthy prediction engine.

4. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

this article isn't regarding google now. stay on topic please.

5. ePoch270

Posts: 193; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Neither is his comment. It's about Google's Knowledge Graph.

7. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

Google Now is "employed" by the knowledge graph, similar to how Cortana is "employed" by Bing's engine. hence, why Cortana is referenced so frequently throughout the article. so he kind of was/is.

3. maherk

Posts: 7011; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Like duhhhh It was pretty clear that no one will be able to stop the best offensive and defensive team in the league. They never lost 3 straight games and they know how to adjust to whatever opponent they ll be facing.

6. ePoch270

Posts: 193; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

What do you think? Dub's win 3 in 4 years?

8. maherk

Posts: 7011; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It depends a lot on what moves the front office make this summer. Keeping Green should be their priority, get rid of Lee's fat contract and use it to make your bench even deeper. IF they didn't pull a Mavs move and break this team, they can definitely go on to be the team to beat in the coming few seasons.

10. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

This. They were historically good this year. They had an SRS of fricking 10! That hasn't been done since I think the 72 win bulls team

9. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Okkkkaaaaaayyyyy....What are the Odds of winning if you pick a top - seeded team then? Had Bing picked the Hawks (with the Hawks winning the championship) I'd be 10000x more impressed

11. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Microsoft needs to rename Cortana "Captain Obvious."

12. Android_Lollipop

Posts: 155; Member since: May 05, 2015

But will Microsoft make any Monetary benefits out of this prediction engine?

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