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Students design algorithm to predict Game of Thrones deaths

Series returns this weekend for its final season

Computer science students in Germany have developed an application for predicting deaths in Game of Thrones.

The algorithm scans the internet for data on the HBO show, which returns this weekend for its final season, and extrapolates the characters most or least likely to survive the series.

These survival rates are predicted using longevity analysis similar to scientific studies into the effects of medical treatments, according to Guy Yachdav, the project supervisor at the Technical University of Munich.

Yachdav added that although the analysis “relies on data taken from the world of fantasy, the exact same artificial intelligence techniques are used in the real world.”

Algorithmic spoiler alert: the results suggest Daenerys Targaryen has the highest chance of survival at 99 per cent, while Bronn is the most likely to die next.