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What We’ve Learned From Out-Predicting 99.92% Of People During The FIFA World Cup 2018

When we started on our journey of predicting the results of the FIFA World Cup matches, we set out with some cautious optimism. We had experienced success with predicting the outcomes of the 2015 Rugby World Cup and the 2016 Oscars, but Football was a whole new ballgame. As our CEO, Jaco Rossouw, said: “We’ve never used our skills as data scientists to predict the outcomes of a football game, and unlike with the Rugby World Cup where we were predicting the point margins between the participating teams, this time we’ll be predicting the exact final scores - a significantly more complex challenge!”

We've Outranked 99.92% Of FIFA World Cup Predictions On Superbru

After a FIFA World Cup full of upsets, the South African data scientists at Principa outranked 99.92% of people on popular sports predictor site, Superbru.

Can Data Science Predict The Results Of The FIFA Football World Cup?

South African based data analytics company, Principa, will be predicting the results of every match at this year’s FIFA Football World Cup, to once again put theory into play. 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 outcome of the matches.

Keeping Our Skills Fresh: Predicting The FIFA World Cup 2018 Results

In 2015, we predicted the Rugby World Cup to great success, out predicting 99.68% of humans. In 2016, we predicted the results of the Oscars, accurately predicting DiCaprio’s first win. This year we'll be trying our hand at predicting the outcomes of the FIFA Football World Cup, and we're cautiously optimistic about our predictions.

Infographic: The Oscars Love A True Story

We analysed 80 years of Oscars data to predict this year's Oscars winners. Along the way, we discovered some very interesting insights. Did you know 24% of Oscar winning films were based on a true story? Four of this year's Oscar nominees for Best Actor star in a film based on a true story. Is this a growing trend?

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