The Powerful Machine Learning Behind Bing Predicts

The last time I was in Redmond, I got the opportunity to speak with the Bing Predicts team.  The Bing Predicts team uses search, social, and other relevant data to make intelligent predictions about upcoming events, like sporting events, reality TV shows, award shows, and political elections.  I first spoke with Walter Sun, the founder and technical lead of Bing Predicts.  In How It Began, he shared how he first got the idea of using Bing’s search data along with other relevant data sources to make predictions.  They started small and then expanded into many categories of predictions.  Each of these categories of predictions presents its own unique challenges.  They began with Reality TV, predicting who would go home each week on shows like American Idol, The Voice, and Dancing…


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