An AI simulated the World Cup 100k times. This is who it thinks will win.

June 13, 2018 Bryan Clark


In 2010, an octopus named Paul picked the winning team in 12 out of 14 matches World Cup matches, including the final. But it’s not 2010 anymore; we no longer need an octopus, regardless of how good he is at his job. Even octopi aren’t immune from automation. In 2018, a group of researchers from Germany and Belgium felt it best to let computers do the heavy lifting. The group built a model using a number of factors, such as FIFA rankings, population, gross domestic product (GDP), the number of players who play together on a single club, average age…

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