Oh oh – data analytics firm predicts Rugby World Cup 2019!

Just as the Rugby World Cup kicks off in Japan the usual slew of predictions by sporting gurus are making headlines, but none quite like this. Alteryx, a firm claiming to revolutionise business through data science and analytics, has ‘utilised’ the power of predictive analytics to predict the outcome of this year’s Rugby World Cup. Leveraging data from Opta, Alteryx has built a predictive model to analyse every kick, tackle and try from over 1,000 matches worth of international test match data from the last 12 years (including the last three world cups), to predict New Zealand will beat Wales in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final. With this model, Alteryx predicts the outcome of the pool matches and the route to World Cup triumph as follows. If not, the reputation of Altryx, and analytics in general, could suffer some credibility setbacks.

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