by Angela Guess
Kaggle, a platform for predictive modeling competitions recently announced that in honor of the their second anniversary, the company is “releasing its first-ever global leaderboard of data scientists. Since its founding in April 2010, the Kaggle community has grown to include more than 33,000 data scientists who compete to develop the best solutions to some of the toughest predictive challenges. Each competition posted on the Kaggle site features a real-time public leaderboard, which serves to motivate the competitors to improve their solutions as much as — and sometimes more than — the cash prizes awarded to winners. As the top competitors leapfrog each other in the rankings, they push one another towards even greater accuracy in their algorithms, leading them to achieve breakthroughs across many industries, from forecasting insurance claims to furthering HIV research.”
It continues, “Kaggle is the global leader in running predictive modeling competitions. The company has run approximately 100 competitions with major enterprise, government, and academic customers, including Allstate Insurance, Boehringer Ingelheim, Dunnhumby, Ford, Heritage Health, Microsoft, NASA, Stanford, and Wikipedia. Over 33,000 data scientists worldwide have contributed to competitions that tackled the toughest predictive problems in the marketing, life sciences, insurance, financial services, travel, and science industries.”
The article includes profiles of the top ten ranked data scientists active on Kaggle. Read those profiles here.
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