Cortana's World Cup streak ends at 14

Cortana's World Cup streak ends at 14
So, you figured that you would take your Windows Phone 8.1 powered device to Las Vegas, and make a fortune sitting in the casino betting Cortana's picks on sporting events. Using algorithms, Cortana had made predictions during the World Cup football tournament that proved to be pretty amazing. She was right on, predicting the winner for 14 consecutive games in the Knockout Round. That compares to a 60% success rate she had during the Group Stage of the World Cup.

But the streak has been ended by Friday's victory by the Netherlands over Brazil, 3-0, for the third place trophy. The Netherlands were the favorites following Germany's embarrassing 7-1 rout of the host country's team in the semi-finals. Still, Cortana incorrectly had Brazil picking up the win.

As for the final, Cortana picks Germany to win it all against Argentina. That aligns the virtual personal assistant with just about every prognosticator in the world. By the way, the actual picks are made using Bing's prediction engine, which is taking a number of factors into consideration such as the teams’ records, strength of schedule, margin of victory in past matches, any home field advantage, the playing surface, and the weather.

With the NFL regular season less than 2 months away, looks like Microsoft has a whole new group of potential Windows Phone 8.1 buyers it can advertise to.

Cortana takes her first loss in the Knockout round

Cortana takes her first loss in the Knockout round


source: WMPoweruser

UPDATE: With Germany's thrilling 1-0 victory over Argentina in extra-time, Cortana finishes the Knockout round an impressive 15-1.

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39 Comments

1. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

lol Argentina is gonna win ftw

3. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

argentina4never

11. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I'm not from Germany, I'm from Lithuania but I was wishing good luck for Germany team since beginning of World Cup 2014. In my opinion they deserved to be champions. They are very calm and concentrated into the game. Also I like that they are not acting and playing without extra brutality. They just play good professional football. P.S. I have nothing against other teams just like how Germans play. :)

12. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

They are not play acting? You haven't seen Muller against Portugal.

18. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Portugal are rubbish. Brazil are rubbish. Argentina are the real deal!

21. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

And Germans are Champions!

20. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"They are not play acting?" All theam more or less does thatr but compared to some other teams Germans are not play acting. Germans play very constructive football so they are not in need to play rude or play acting.

22. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

teams*

24. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

You contradicted yourself.

26. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I just had to be more accurate choosing correct words to express my mind. I wanted to say that in comparison with some other teams play acting in Germany team is very, very, very rare. P.S. You look butthurt.but deal with it, Germans played better than other you like it or not! :)

27. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

But that's not what you said. I'm fine with Germany winning. Just correcting you. Doesn't necessarily mean that I'm "butthurt". Not sure how you came to that conclusion, unless you're "butthurt" yourself for being corrected.

28. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"But that's not what you said." I have explained it to you in my comment #26.

29. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

A lot of teams don't do much play acting though they do at least a few times. Just like the German team. yes they do it fewer times than some other teams..but you made it sound like they don't do it at all.

34. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Compered to how often some other teams/players do that, we can say that Germany team don't do it at all. And you are butthurt!

35. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Let's get back to your point. You said they are not acting. On that comment there was no comparison. I'm saying that Muller, has acted as if his nose got broken. Pepe knows that and got mad at him for that.

23. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

How does it feel to eat your own words, now that Germany won

2. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

What an idiot Cortana is. It was clear that the Dutch would win it. They're the best! (after GERMANY)

5. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Cortana had the longest winning streak of any AI including Google now and Siri during this worldcup knockout stage, that's not an idiot, thats intelligence.

7. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

lol I know. But this last one was so clear.

8. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

It amazes me how you go butthurt over someone pointing to even the slightest of flaw of your beloved Microkia. :)

9. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Maybe Cortana is his only friend.. :(

15. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

You use the word butthurt out of context.Every product has flaws of some sort I simply pointed out that how the product was the opposite of what was stated. The fact that you have a problem with the truth shows that you actually the Butthurt individual.

30. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Well said, but you should be ignoring jealous trolls..

10. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

That's not intelligence that's sheer luck.

14. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

People just don't understand how hard it is flipping a coin.

16. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Using algorithms is anything but luck.

17. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

LOL......no need to make it sound like MS have discovered a holy grail to all predictions. Several betting sites do this for living and guess what, they're correct most of the time too. Its an intelligent guess but still a guess nonetheless which involves significant degree of luck.

19. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

I didn't make it sound like the holy grail, it is what it is. Regardless if two or two thousand utilize such a method that wasn't the issue at hand, the issue was that you stated that it was sheer luck which it clearly isn't.

25. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Best at diving.

31. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

germany netherlands final would have been amazing. argentina got to finals by so so so much luck. and they were scr*wed though not as much they deserved it

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