The Data Analytics Blog

Our news and views relating to Data Analytics, Big Data, Machine Learning, and the world of Credit.

All Posts

Follow-Up Interview With John Robbie On Oscars Prediction Success

February 29, 2016 at 3:58 PM

John Robbie speaks to Principa about predicting the oscars

Shortly after the winners of the Oscars for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Picture were announced, John Robbie of Talk 702 spoke to Principa Data Scientist, Johan van Biljon,  for a follow-up interview to find out how accurate Principa's predictions had been. Using data analytics, Principa correctly predicted Leo would win an Oscar for Best Actor, Brie Larson would win for Best Actress, and Iñárritu to win for Best Director. 

However, our models indicated that “Spotlight” and “The Revenant” had an almost equal probability of winning  - there was less than 1% difference in probability. It was a  virtual coin-toss.  We went with “The Revenant” and in the end “Spotlight” took the honours for Best Picture.  

Click here to listen to the interview

 

Latest Posts

How Machine Learning Is Transforming Medicine

At Principa, we are passionate about new ideas and product development.  20% of our revenue is ploughed back into innovation.  One of our key areas of focus is machine learning where we have built machine learning solutions in both collections and the customer acquisition space.  While our focus is primarily on credit risk and customer engagement, we are always interested in how machine learning has gained traction in other industries.

Welcom Digital And Principa Announce Partnership To Create End-To-End Credit Management Solutions

Cape Town, South Africa – Welcom Digital, a UK company specialising in Loans management software, and Principa, a South African data analytics company, are delighted to announce a new strategic reseller partnership that includes the resale of Welcom Digital’s Award winning Loan Management product Financier™ to the South African market and reciprocally, Welcom Digital will market Principa’s specialised credit risk software solutions to the UK market.  

Eight Questions On The Gini-Coefficient

Whether you’ve been involved in introducing models into your business or have had a passing interest in economic affairs, you may have come across the term “Gini-coefficient”. This blog hopes to demystify the concept and give you a good deal of information on the statistical measurement. We answer: