bingMicrosoft Bing’s prediction engine was not impressive in the World Cup group stage, correctly picking 60 percent of the winning teams that advanced.

But its performance in the knockout round has been perfect — literally.

Bing is 13-0 thus far in the elimination stage of the World Cup, most recently predicting a Germany win over Brazil (The Germans ended up smashing the hosts on Tuesday, 7-1).

Microsoft, which has found success predicting other competitions in reality TV contests, is using data like the teams’ records, strength of schedule, margin of victory in past matches, whether the location gives a particular team a home field advantage, and the influence of factors including weather and type of playing surface.

You can see Microsoft’s predictions on Bing by searching for “World Cup Predictions,” or Windows Phone owners can use the virtual assistant Cortana by asking her, “Who will win Team A or Team B.”

For those in Vegas looking for some betting help, Bing is predicting an Argentina win over the Netherlands (56.5 percent chance) on Wednesday.

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  • balls187

    Gotta something with all that compute power I guess, cuz you know demshits ain’t serving up search results.

    • Kruegerman

      In other words, you’ve never used Bing in your life.

      • marjorierhosmer

        just before I looked at the receipt ov $8130 , I
        didn’t believe that my sister woz like actualy bringing in money part-time from
        there pretty old laptop. . there aunts neighbour has been doing this 4 only
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  • avi

    Bing is awesome

  • Randall Lewis

    60 percent was “not impressive”? C’mon Todd, what’s your prediction rate?

  • shatner

    How is Microsoft able to do this? All the betting agencies have predicted correctly only 50% of the time. They must have some special algoritm

    • JamesSB

      tons and tons of data… from Bing

  • Kevin Mark Cvetan

    It is just picking the favorite. And the favorite has won every knockout stage match. There are other bots if you google that predicted the same thing.

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