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Article: Using Data Mining to Predict the Winter Olympics Medal Counts in Sochi

  • Which nation will bring home the most medals at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia?
  • Will any nation from Africa, South America, or the Middle East finally break through and win a medal?
  • Why do some nations win a bundle of medals while others win only a few?
  • Can data mining give us the answers to these questions?



At Discovery Corps, we use data about the past to predict the future all the time.  We help businesses decide which potential customers are the most likely to want their product or service.  We help non-profit organizations predict which small-dollar donors have the potential to become big-dollar donors.  If an organization has data on the past, we can help them predict the future.  So I knew that data mining techniques could give us an estimate of the number of medals each nation might win; but I wondered how close we could get to the actual outcomes.   Read the full article.


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