Data prediction competitions: far more than just a bit of fun
by Anthony Goldbloom
Abstract: SSAI â€“ Victorian Branch Meeting
5:45pm - light refreshments in the Staff Tea Room, Richard Berry Building, University of Melbourne.
6:15pm â€“ seminar in the Russell Love Theatre, Richard Berry Building, University of Melbourne.
Kaggle is a global platform for data prediction competitions allowing researchers and companies to post their problem and have it scrutinised by the world's statisticians and computer scientists.
By exposing a problem to a wide range of analysts and techniques, data prediction competitions turn out to be great way to get the most out of a dataset, given its inherent noise and richness. For example, Kaggle has been running a bioinformatics competition requiring participants to pick markers in HIV's genetic sequence that predict a change in viral load (a measure of the severity of infection). Within a week and a half, the best submission had already outdone the best methods in the scientific literature.
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