Computer News - In Brief


- The Ivory Coast will be this year's winners of the Africa Cup of Nations.
That is the prediction of sports statistician Dr Robert Mastrodomenico's black box - a computer model made up of complex algorithms. He inputs historical data on the performance of competing teams in international games, and the model computes the relative attack and defence strengths of each country. From that information he can rank the teams. "The model showed that the strongest team competing is Ivory Coast, followed by Ghana. It then shows the next few teams - Tunisia, Morocco and Senegal - as having similar ratings," he says.