Microsoft is getting into the prediction business once again. It is teaming up with the NCAA to help create a March Madness bracket tool, powered by Bing, that will be launched just in time for the NCAA college basketball tournament.
"As part of this partnership, NCAA has pulled 10 years of raw historical data about teams, tournaments, win loss ratio, home vs. away stats, etc. and provided it to Microsoft's Walter Sun, principal applied science manager, to analyze and review. After culling through the information, running through Bing's algorithms and leveraging machine learning, Walter and his team have been able to identify key patterns over the years that contribute to a team's success. The results of this data review and NCAA partnership will be showcased following Selection Sunday with Bing's new NCAA bracket building tool designed to help fans complete their brackets."
Microsoft's Bing tools have been used to help predict the outcomes of sports events, including most recently the 2015 Cricket World Cup.