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Kaggle - a platform for data prediction competitions

Kaggle is a platform for data prediction competitions that allows organizations to post their data and have it scrutinized by the world's best data scientists.

 

17 competitions found, 3 active.

Competition Teams/Prize Deadline
Heritage Health Prize

Heritage Health Prize

The goal of the prize is to develop a predictive algorithm that can identify patients who will be admitted to the hospital within the next year, using historical claims data.
0 / USD3M 23 months
Don't Overfit!

Don't Overfit!

With nearly as many variables as training cases, what are the best techniques to avoid disaster?
198 / USD500 13 days
Deloitte/FIDE Chess Rating Challenge

Deloitte/FIDE Chess Rating Challenge

This contest, sponsored by professional services firm Deloitte, will find the most accurate system to predict chess outcomes, and FIDE will also bring a top finisher to Athens to present their system
169 / USD10000 2 days
ICDAR 2011 - Arabic Writer Identification

ICDAR 2011 - Arabic Writer Identification

This competition require participants to develop an algorithm to identify who wrote which documents. The winner will be honored at a special session of the ICDAR 2011 conference.
30 / USD1000 21 days ago
Stay Alert! The Ford Challenge

Stay Alert! The Ford Challenge

Driving while not alert can be deadly. The objective is to design a classifier that will detect whether the driver is alert or not alert, employing data that are acquired while driving.
180 / USD950 53 days ago
Predict Grant Applications

Predict Grant Applications

This task requires participants to predict the outcome of grant applications for the University of Melbourne.
215 / USD5000 2 months ago
RTA Freeway Travel Time Prediction

RTA Freeway Travel Time Prediction

This competition requires participants to predict travel time on Sydney's M4 freeway from past travel time observations.
364 / USD10000 2 months ago
R Package Recommendation Engine

R Package Recommendation Engine

The aim of this competition is to develop a recommendation engine for R libraries (or packages). (R is opensource statistics software.)
57 / USD150 2 months ago
IJCNN Social Network Challenge

IJCNN Social Network Challenge

This competition requires participants to predict edges in an online social network. The winner will receive free registration and the opportunity to present their solution at IJCNN 2011.
119 / USD950 3 months ago
Tourism Forecasting Part Two

Tourism Forecasting Part Two

Part two requires competitors to predict 793 tourism-related time series. The winner of this competition will be invited to contribute a discussion paper to the International Journal of Forecasting.
43 / USD500 5 months ago
Chess ratings - Elo versus the Rest of the World

Chess ratings - Elo versus the Rest of the World

This competition aims to discover whether other approaches can predict the outcome of chess games more accurately than the workhorse Elo rating system.
257 / USD617 5 months ago
INFORMS Data Mining Contest 2010

INFORMS Data Mining Contest 2010

The goal of this contest is to predict short term movements in stock prices. The winners of this contest will be honoured of the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Austin-Texas (November 7-10).
147 / USD0 6 months ago
Tourism Forecasting Part One

Tourism Forecasting Part One

Part one requires competitors to predict 518 tourism-related time series. The winner of this competition will be invited to contribute a discussion paper to the International Journal of Forecasting.
57 / USD500 7 months ago
Predict HIV Progression

Predict HIV Progression

This contest requires competitors to predict the likelihood that an HIV patient's infection will become less severe, given a small dataset and limited clinical information.
109 / USD500 9 months ago
World Cup 2010 - Take on the Quants

World Cup 2010 - Take on the Quants

Quants at Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan have modeled the likely outcomes of the 2010 World Cup. Can you do better?
68 / USD100 10 months ago
World Cup 2010 - Confidence Challenge

World Cup 2010 - Confidence Challenge

The Confidence Challenge requires competitors to assign a level of confidence to their World Cup predictions.
63 / USD100 10 months ago
Forecast Eurovision Voting

Forecast Eurovision Voting

This competition requires contestants to forecast the voting for this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Norway on May 25th, 27th and 29th.
22 / USD1000 11 months 


Who should host a competition on Kaggle?

Crowdsourcing data modeling is an effective way to build predictive algorithms. There are any number of approaches that can be applied to a data modeling problem, but it is impossible to know at the outset which will be most effective. A consultant or in-house statisitician can try a few, but opening up the problem to a wider audience ensures that organizations reach the frontier of what is possible from a given dataset.

Most data problems can be framed as a competition:

  • banks predict which loan applicants are likely to default
  • government treasuries forecast tax revenues
  • websites make personalized product recommendations
  • hedge funds crunch data to find trading opportunities
  • bioinformaticians search for links between genetic markers and disease

Who should compete on Kaggle?

Data scientists rarely have access to real-world data. This is frustrating when you consider that many of the world's organizations have piles of data that they can't make the most of. Kaggle corrects this mismatch by giving data scientists access to real-world data and problems. Best of all, the burden of collecting, cleaning and structuring the data will have been done by others.

Competitions offer participants the opportunity to:

  • try their techniques on real-world problems and receive real-time feedback
  • enhance their reputations and win prizes
  • meet and collaborate with new contacts
  • improve their skills and help to rapidly progress the state of the art in a number of different fields

 

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