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Microsoft unveils new platform to accurately calculate scores in weather-interrupted Cricket matches

Microsoft's new platform uses data analytics in multiple areas such as playing conditions, weather and cricket grounds to come up with accurate target scores in rain-hit Cricket matches.

  • Published: August 9, 2016 9:40 AM IST

At a conference on machine learning and data services, Microsoft unveiled an Azure machine learning-based approach for calculating target scores in weather-interrupted T20 Cricket matches. The Redmond-based company has also invited Indian developers to use its machine learning and data platforms for building digital products and solutions to transform businesses and drive inclusive growth. The aim, Microsoft says, is to “democratize access to new technologies.”

Microsoft’ Cricketing platform uses machine learning, applies advanced analytics to past data and existing mathematical formulation to derive the outcome. The approach is available as a Jupyter notebook in Microsoft’s Cortana Intelligence Gallery for software developers to build on and improve using present data across multiple areas such as playing conditions, weather and cricket grounds. The platform can also monitor player condition on the field for predicting injuries and helping take early preventive actions.

“We are extending the benefits of machine learning to the sports fraternity by offering a platform for Indian software developers to create solutions that could change the approach to sports administration and sports management,” said Microsoft India (Research & Development) Managing Director Anil Bhansali.

Microsoft says cloud-based services for machine learning and big data, coupled with the Internet of Things (IoT) have the potential to revolutionize every aspect of life, including sports, healthcare, education and even government. Siroh said the company’s unique platforms such as the Cortana Intelligence suite were helping customers to harness the power of artificial intelligence.

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The two-day conference is aimed at exploring the possibilities with big data, machine learning, artificial intelligence and open source technologies in enabling platforms, intelligent apps, services and experiences to accelerate economic growth, empower people and drive real impact. Microsoft’s capabilities and pioneering work in machine learning is also helping bring efficiencies in Indian agriculture, healthcare and education.

About 600 participants, including data scientists, students, developers, government elites, startups, Cricketers and Microsoft experts are sharing new insights at the conference and showcasing solutions to drive digital transformation of organizations and communities in India and worldwide.

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  • Published Date: August 9, 2016 9:40 AM IST