The future of the World Cup is in the hands of artificial intelligence

Wednesday, November 23, 2022 • 4:00 EST

Put aside your own predictions, forget about psychic octopuses (if that's possible) and get ready to have the World Cup spoiled by artificial intelligence (AI). Applying the method to all of this world cup's fixtures in 100,000 simulations, they found the most-likely winners of this year's world cup. An AI model from The Alan Turing Institute has predicted the result of this year's controversial World Cup, so you don't have to actually watch it. "After experimenting with our model’s success at predicting the results of the 2014 and 2018 World Cups, we decided to use all international results from the 2002 World Cup onwards," the Alan Turing Institute team explained in a press release. "In our training data, we give most importance (weight) to World Cup matches (and then decreasing weight to continental tournaments, qualifiers, and friendlies), and we also give more weight to recent matches. By excluding data for those world cups, the team could test the predictive capabilities of their model by asking it to predict a world cup (e.g. The analysis saw Brazil as most likely to win the world cup, Belgium second, Argentina third, France fourth, and England fifth. Researchers used GitHub user martj42's compiled dataset, showing the results and stats of every international match since 1872. ( Continue reading.

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