After trying to predict the outcome of the 2015 NFL season, Microsoft's Bing engine is ready for its next sports challenge. It has set itself up so that it will predict if your favorite college basketball team will be one of the 64 who will be picked to join in the annual NCAA tournament, also known as March Madness.
While we are still two months out from those selections, Microsoft has launched the site AreWeIn.net to give college basketball fans some daily updated predictions on which teams might make it into the tournament. It adds:
"The Bing Predicts team takes a look at historical statistics to see which factors contribute to strong teams who make the tournament either automatically or as an at-large bid. The Bing team then built their own power index model, updated daily, which takes in factors ranging from each team's strength of schedule, opponents' win/lose record, and even detailed statistical analysis regarding their on-court tendencies such as ball control, rebounding and field-goal percentage. Then, Bing Predicts adds web activity and social sentiment to tune the strengths, capturing real-time information like injuries and line-up changes."