Bengaluru, Aug 8: Microsoft today (August 8) showcased the power of advanced data analytics and machine learning in sports at the first edition of its Machine Learning and Data Sciences Conference.
The company has created a platform for software developers in India to build solutions that could change the way sports administration and sports management are approached today, a press release from Microsoft said on Monday.
A high powered panel of sports and technology personalities including former Test cricketers Javagal Srinath, Aakash Chopra and Microsoft executives - Joseph Sirosh and Meetul Patel, participated in a discussion today. Srinath said technology was important in cricket and other sports.
"Technology is a very important dimension that has evolved over a period of time be it sport or any walk of life. Technology is part of it and sport is no exception. It is all about quick access of information. It is also for how quickly we can grasp the information and also for clarity and accountability. Therefore technology is here to stay," Srinath told OneIndia.
During the discussion, they exchanged views on the growing impact of technology in sports and how application of Microsoft's Machine Learning in cricket can be an opportunity for a data-driven approach to cricketing decision making.
This machine learning based platform offers insights into improving accuracy of predicting target scores in weather-interrupted T20 cricket matches.
The platform is now available as a Jupyter notebook in Microsoft's Cortana Intelligence Gallery along with a step-by-step guide for the developer community to build on and make further improvements in the approach across multiple areas such as playing conditions, weather and cricket grounds.
Delivering the keynote at the conference, Joseph Sirosh, Corporate Vice President of Data Group at Microsoft, said, "Data is a strategic asset which, when combined with the cloud and advanced analytics, has the potential to accelerate digital transformation for organizations and society, at large.
"Today, we are pleased to extend our machine learning based platform to developers who can now incorporate multiple parameters to intelligently estimate target scores in weather-interrupted T20 cricket matches.. We believe the possibilities are vast from more precisely estimating target scores to monitoring player condition on the field, and to predicting injuries and taking early preventive action."
Microsoft Bing has been predicting various sporting events with a great degree of accuracy with the help of machine learning. Bing's predicting streak began with the FIFA World Cup 2014. After correctly predicting 15 out of the 16 knockout stage games, it went on to predict the outcomes of various other big ticket events including the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 as well as the ICC T20 World Cup 2016 with 83% and 73% accuracy respectively, the press release added.