Despite some unpredicted and surprising results during the first weekend in Russia, the South African data scientists at Principa are currently ranking in the top 8th percentile of popular sports predictor site, Superbru. Principa’s football world cup score predictions are done using predictive analytics and machine learning. By applying the same principles used to predict customer behaviour for Principa’s financial services and retail clients, the company’s data scientists are using different algorithms to develop models that can predict the exact score outcome of every match.
As the objective of machine learning is to develop models that can retrain themselves to adapt when exposed to new data, the algorithms will be re-trained with the results of each match to improve the accuracy of the following round’s generated prediction.
Before the start of Match day 2, the company has announced the data-driven predictions of the next matches. The predictions can be viewed on their website: https://wonders.principa.co.za/principa-predicts-football-world-cup-2018
Principa will continue to post predictions on their website as well as via their Twitter (@PrincipaD) and Facebook accounts. A record of all predictions and the actual results will also be made available on the company's website.Principa have also created an overview of some of the more interesting insights discovered during the data preparations: https://wonders.principa.co.za/football-world-cup-2018-statistics
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