Microsoft wants to help you win your NCAA March Madness bracket with Bing

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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.

Microsoft says:

"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.

Source: Microsoft

John Callaham
  • Now for a comment that in some way is related to the article topic. As bing (AI in general) gets better at predicting outcomes will betting lines get squeezed? After win/lose bets are eliminated then over/under, first to score and the like will follow?
  • Hmmm, guess I could use this for work brackets and see how it comes out, since my only other option is to use the seeds and a 20 sided dice.
  • My old d&d dice work well during MM
  • So, I can let Cortana fill out my bracket? She can't do any worse than I have in the past.
  • I'm so gonna try this
  • So how long before Cortana can keep track of my favorite NCAA Basketball Team and give me scores and schedules?
  • Bing is going to be awesome in a few years, when it can predict when someone will commit a crime and the authorities will arrest them before they commit it... or something like that.
  • Minority Report!!!!
  •   If Bing correctly predicts the winner of the NCAA tournament, then I'm done. Hopefully, Warren Buffet will offer his million dollar price again (or however much it was).