This Machine Learning Model Picked Spain to Win the 2018 World Cup


Statisticians at German technical university Technische Universitat Dortmund built a model that used machine learning to predict Spain will win the 2018 World Cup. The prediction is based on 100,000 simulations of the tournament. Spain was followed by Germany, Brazil, France and Belgium in terms of their chances of winning. And it should be a good tournament because Spain, with a 17.8 percent chance of winning, is only slightly ahead of Germany at 17.1 percent. Brazil follows with 12.3 percent, and then it's France (11.2 percent) and Belgium (10.4 percent).