Statisticians zero in on Euro crooner

May 31, 2010
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Kaggle, a British-based platform for prediction contests, has sponsored an unusual statistics competition, inviting teams from all over Europe to predict the winner of the annual European song contest. According to Kaggle’s blog, the statisticians outperformed the prediction betting pools. This apparently indicates that smart stats fiends, at least in this case, outduel the wisdom of betting crowds.

The statisticians, according to the blog…


Kaggle,
a British-based platform for prediction contests, has sponsored an
unusual statistics competition, inviting teams from all over Europe to
predict the winner of the annual European song contest. According to
Kaggle’s blog,
the statisticians outperformed the prediction betting pools. This
apparently indicates that smart stats fiends, at least in this case,
outduel the wisdom of betting crowds.

The statisticians,
according to the blog, took into account several variables that the
betting public ignored. The most interesting point, to me was this:

[T]he
betting-market data itself might have an impact on the
outcome. This year, pre-contest favourites seemed unwilling to allocate
votes to each other. Azerbaijan awarded Germany just one vote when other
countries awarded Germany an average of 6.5. Germans returned the
favour by not sparing a single vote for Azerbaijan.

As a
special offering to fans of EuroVision contests, here’s a look at
Raphael singing, in 1966, Yo Soy Aquel.

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