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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Microsoft Cortana had one of its worst weeks of the NFL season, correctly predicting nine of 16 Week 14 games. It's now 135-73 (64.9%) on the year. Cortana is a Windows phone virtual assistant that uses a Bing Predicts algorithm ...

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Microsoft Cortana had one of its worst weeks of the NFL season, correctly predicting nine of 16 Week 14 games.

It's now 135-73 (64.9%) on the year.

Cortana is a Windows phone virtual assistant that uses a Bing Predicts algorithm to predict every NFL game. Its 135-73 record is almost identical to the 135-69-4 record that Vegas favorites have. Cortana is behind the 144-64 (69.2%) record that Nate Silver's ELO model has through 14 weeks. The algorithm picks games straight-up, not against the spread.

Cortana's 9-7 Week 14 was its worst week since Week 4, when it went 5-8. Vegas favorites went 10-5-1 in Week 14. ELO went 12-4.



The algorithm nailed the World Cup, correctly picking 15 of the tournament's final 16 games. It's having a tougher time picking NFL games.

Here are Cortana's picks for Week 15 as of Tuesday afternoon. We'll update them throughout the week if they change (Vegas favorites in parentheses):

New Orleans Saints vs. Chicago Bears— Saints win, 53.3% chance (Saints -3)

Read more: Microsoft Cortana NFL Picks, Week 15 - Business Insider

As wrong as she has been lately, quite on a roll really, does this guarantee a loss?

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Old 12-11-2014, 08:43 AM   #2
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We've won and lost both when she has picked us to win. It's just a crapshoot
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And at 53%, it's a real crapshoot.
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That image of her above is DA BOMB!
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Stop posting this! Its bad juju!! Now I know we'll lose. Damnit!!
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Find me an algorithm that picks against the spread with +50% success and I am impressed. Picking straight up at 53% isn't THAT impressive.
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Cortana has a firm grasp of bi-polar, maximum-minimum effort syndrome.
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Old 12-11-2014, 03:14 PM   #8
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They are a bigger mess than us right now. If I had a million dollars I would bet all of it on us dismantling the Bears and Atlanta just to get blown out by Tampa missing the playoff.
This is what WILL happen mark my words. I would rather miss the playoffs and get a top 10 pick anyway.
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I agree with Dude up to the point of wanting to miss the playoffs for a better draft pick. We'd probably just draft another Jonathan Sullivan

I want in - even if it's at 6-10
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That image of her above is DA BOMB!
I've said before that is one hot smurf.
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