New Prediction Center Created

The “Prediction Center” is a new joint venture between The Washington Post and Predictify. The service allows readers to vote on possible outcomes for selected stories.

The project goes beyond basic polling systems by integrating discussion features and monitoring a users’ accuracy score across the entire service. While there isn’t currently a way to weight one question more than another, the site’s algorithm does take into account the type of question and the accuracy rate of participants.

To offer an incentive for users to take part in the polls, the site has also implemented a premium program that allows companies to sponsor a poll and reward the most accurate participants with cash. In return, these sponsors are entitled to the demographics data that the service asks for with each vote.

Can crowd-sourcing be an effective way to predict conflict?

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