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Lyndon_Henry
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Re: Competition
Lyndon_Henry   12/28/2012 9:49:21 AM
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Kq writes


Such competitions surely can't hurt. Of course, in reality they're a clever marketing avenue for the sponsor. Geting the company name out there for free in press releases is great advertising.


 

I'd expect that just about anything a big company does these days has marketing in mind, at least partially, to help justify the expense of the public effort.  However, given the examples of competitions sponsored by SAS and others mentioned in this thread, I'd presume that the sponsors expect some kind of valuable output from the competition itself.

... Which leads to my next qustion:  I'd wonder if there are examples of actual analytics products now deployed, addressing real-world data challenges, that have been developed through these competitions.

 

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kq4ym   12/28/2012 7:11:44 AM
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Such competitions surely can't hurt. Of course, in reality they're a clever marketing avenue for the sponsor. Geting the company name out there for free in press releases is great advertising. Whether competitions trump certifications is another matter. Both should be advantageous it would seem.

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Doug_Dame   12/6/2012 11:02:07 AM
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That's a good question, I don't know. The Netflix and Heritage Health contests were corporate-sponsored, but open to all interested parties, academic, corporate, or (moonlighting?) individuals. Because of their length, those two marathons probably did not get many "student teams" participating as a formal part of their classwork, as some of the shorter duration contests do.

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Noreen Seebacher   12/5/2012 9:30:58 AM
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IDK. The sponsor calls the Data Mining Cup the world's largest. I'll send an inquiry to see how that was determined.

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BethSchultz   12/5/2012 9:22:44 AM
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@Doug_Dame, your point is well taken. Do you think it'd be fair to call it the largest data mining competition in academia (vs. the corporate world)? I don't know the answer myself, but think there's a distinction worth nothing here.

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BethSchultz   12/5/2012 9:19:19 AM
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@Ariella, this is another great one. Thanks!

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Noreen Seebacher   12/5/2012 8:51:22 AM
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Maybe someomne should use some analytical solution to determine which competition is actually the biggest. Perhaps the Data Mining Cup measured itself against annual competitions?

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Doug_Dame   12/4/2012 7:01:17 PM
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Although prestigous and senior in tenure, I don't think it's accurate to refer to the Data Mining Cup as "the world's largest data mining competition."

The Netflix competition lasted almost 3 years, at the 8-month mark had 20,000 teams registered of which 2,000+ had made entries, and paid out prizes in excess of $1 million US.

The ongoing Heritage Health Prize, hosted on Kaggle, is a 2 year contest with a max payout of $3,230,000 and a minimum of $730,000 if the grand target is not achieved. It has more than 1400 teams registered and eligible to compete in the current final segment.

 

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Ariella   12/4/2012 5:36:48 PM
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@Beth Kaggle does feature most interesting competitions to get smart people involved in solving data problems. I discovered that NASA does it, too. In October it announced the Launch Big Data Challenge Series for U.S. Government Agencies: 

The Big Data Challenge series will apply the process of open innovation to conceptualizing new and novel approaches to using "big data" information sets from various U.S. government agencies. This data comes from the fields of health, energy and Earth science. Competitors will be tasked with imagining analytical techniques and software tools that use big data from discrete government information domains. They will need to describe how the data may be shared as universal, cross-agency solutions that transcend the limitations of individual agencies.

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BethSchultz   12/4/2012 1:41:59 PM
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@Noreen. You bet. On a smaller scale, SAS, in conjunction with Teradata and The Institute for Health and Business Insight, sponsors a data mining shootout competition for college students, too. 

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