bingMicrosoft Bing’s prediction technology was perfect in the World Cup knockout stage — depending on how you look at it.

Bing was 15 for 15 in picking the winners of each knockout match, including Germany’s 1-0 win over Argentina in today’s final.

But Microsoft incorrectly predicted that Brazil would beat the Netherlands in Saturday’s rather meaningless third-place match. So, if you’re counting Holland’s 3-0 win over the Brazilians, Microsoft was technically 15 out of 16.

Regardless, it’s still pretty impressive especially since Bing only had a 60 percent success rate (29 of 48) through the World Cup group stage.

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.

It should be noted, though, that there were very few upsets in this year’s World Cup knockout stage — the statistically-favored team usually came out on top.

Still, Microsoft managed to edge Google in terms of World Cup predictions. Google also used its own technology to pick match outcomes and finished 14 of 15, or 14 of 16 if you count the third place match.

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  • cybersaurusrex

    It’s official–Bing is better than Google.

    • sofiarconlon

      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
      about 22 months and at present repayed the mortgage on their appartment and
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    • Artemis2

      Just look at Cortana.

  • Duk3togo

    LOL, I wonder if Google after choosing France over Germany changed its prediction to just follow Bing. This way they can save face and say hey we were just one behind Bing hahaha

  • tomakali

    seriously more people should Bing Now… Google is just pure Evil

  • hfgoh

    this impressive stats mean nothing to the actual purpose of ‘search engine’: to find relevant information on the web. bing search result just crap so im stucked with big g

    • Mike E. Delta

      Not to mention terrible translation software, or is that your own bad grammar? =]~)

    • serperb

      Have you tried to use Bing lately? They have made tons of improvements across the board. It is worth checking out.

  • Luke

    Third place match isn’t meaningless, they are playing for $2 million. I’d take $2 million over 1 week’s rest, but that’s just me.

  • Greg Kristan

    I am pretty impressed with what Bing has done with the world cup, the voice, and American idol.
    I hope that doing different things than Google (and doing them well) will open up more users to use them!

  • ledoc

    FYI: Google made the same mistake of picking Brazil for 3rd place

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