Bing Accurately Predicts Outcome of ‘The Voice’

Two days back we reported Bing would make predictions of the events based on their ability to process trillions of signals to reflect what is happening in the real world. Popular reality tv show “The Voice,” was among the tv shows Bing is making predictions for:

How do we make the predictions for The Voice?

The central idea behind the direct approach is that winners and losers correspond to popularity. In broad strokes, we define popularity as the frequency and sentiment of searches combined with social signals and keywords. Placing these signals into our model, we can predict the outcome an event with high confidence. For The Voice, our model is tuned to account for biases, such asregional preferences, and other measurable and observable trends. We have also learned how to combine the prior popularity of a contestant with the contribution due to his or her performance. Although we might believe that the outcome of this week’s The Voicecomes down to how well someone belts out a tune, our data indicates that many people have ‘favorites’ regardless of individual week-to-week performances.

It turns Bing’s prediction algorithm is accurate and the decision engine was able to correctly predict the two contestants eliminated from “The Voice” on Tuesday night.  Microsoft had originally predicted that Delvinand Dani would be gone, but the prediction shifted to TJ and Dani after the week’s performances.

Bing promises to add more tv shows in the future including American Idol and Dancing With the Stars.

Source: GeekWire

 

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  • Zephyr

    I’m imagining this might become integrated with Cortana. Would be an interesting feature to have.