How To Use Machine Learning to Beat Your Friends in an NFL Confidence Pool

Photo: Wikimedia CommonsIt’s game day and the stakes are high. You bet on your favorite football team to win by 3 points, and this time you’ve risked more than usual. Perhaps you went with gut instinct, or relied on what the experts said. It is possible that you might not have weighed all the factors that can help determine which team will win. That’s where machine learning can come into play.   Machine learning is the construction of algorithms that can learn from and make predictions on data. Amit Bhattacharyya, an adjunct professor in the data analytics department at the CUNY School of Professional Studies, in New York City, has tested machine learning methods for making picks in a U.S. National Football League confidence pool. In a confidence pool, participants…


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