Remember in high school when you were sitting in algebra wondering how math would be helpful in real-world applications? You may have even summoned the courage to ask the teacher for an example of how math could be applied out of the classroom. No doubt the teacher offered some feeble answer about grocery shopping or taxes. You nodded, but in the back of your mind you were still thinking, “I’m never going to use this.”
Well, forget all that because now math is serving a higher purpose, one that at least Game of Thrones (GoT) fans can get down with. It’s an algorithm, designed to predict who will survive the final season of the HBO hit and who will perish and it has fans—well, split .
Taylor Larkin is the data scientist behind the creation of this complex algorithm. Larkin, who works at the Boston-based, DataRobot, an automated machine learning platform, based his work on data he mined via a Wiki fanbase detailing 2,000 living and dead characters from A Song of Ice and Fire, the book series on which GoT is based.
Take a look:
Here's who will die in the final season of Game of Thrones based on an AI algorithm https://t.co/MmZcDeYxZh
— GoT Updates ❄️ (@GoTUpdatesDaily) May 11, 2018
Here’s the cheat sheet, if you just can’t wait:
Saved you a click and scroll. Thank me later pic.twitter.com/z0Bfbxp1j4
— Jack Hemsley (@JackHemsley4) May 11, 2018
Here’s what fans had to say:
— Trevor S. Valle (@tattoosandbones) May 10, 2018
I can write an Algorithm that prints to screen “Everyone”… or am I thinking of #WalkingDead
— Mathew Valencia (@Thatmatvalencia) May 10, 2018
Everyone but Tyrion Lannister and Sansa Stark. They will rule the 7 kingdoms together.
— John Faltin (@johnfaltin) May 10, 2018
Basically 3 out of 4 of my favs are at the top.
— Chiara G (@cckia27) May 11, 2018
But a lot of fans were either not down with it, or flat out weren’t buying it:
Let's find out who's gonna die. We all have our own theories but I guess, none of those will gonna happened. There's so many plot twist, and the writer has the best idea who to kill HAHA! Just sayin'
— itsmemeje (@EJacquias) May 11, 2018
I'm calling BS on this. Using RI (real Intelligence) Jaime might die after Arya discovers he threw Bran from the window? She might then use his face to get to Cercei? The big battle scenes may not be for the throne at all, but simply between the living and the dead?
— Aisha Rashwan (@AishaRashwan) May 11, 2018
I’m starting to think the term “algorithm” is just a meaningless placeholder for when people don’t understand how shit happens. Kind of like when people thank God for this or that. — I’m currently developing an algorithm that predicts when my dog will bark at squirrels.
— ONE-$HOT (@StevEOnEShoT) May 10, 2018
Make me an algorithm for winning Powerball numbers.
— Todd E (@Actorsstudio277) May 10, 2018
Will the AI predictions be correct? Or will all that math still be a waste of time? Only by watching the final season of Game of Thrones—slated for 2019—will the truth be revealed.
(*Note: We’re totally just joking about the whole math-not-being-useful thing—how else will you be able to figure out if the change you just dug out from between your seat cushions is enough for a Mexi-Melt AND cinnamon twists?)