Open Government Melbourne Message Board › Kaggle founder Anthony Goldbloom speaking at Open Gov Melbourne Meetup
When: Monday, November 29, 2010 6:00 PM
Where: Horse Bazaar
397 Little Lonsdale St
(03) 9679 2329
Kaggle is the leading platform for data modeling and prediction competitions. Companies, governments and researchers present datasets and problems - the world's best data scientists then compete to produce the best solutions. Since the solution to many of today’s pressing problems rely on data-driven insights, data modelling competitions are a powerful way to address many 21st century challenges.
By exposing the problem to a wide audience, competitions are an effective way to reach the frontier of what is possible from a given dataset. The power of competitions is neatly illustrated by the results of a recent bioinformatics competition hosted by Kaggle. It required participants to pick markers in HIV's genetic sequence that coincide with changes in the severity of infection. Within a week and a half, the best entry had already outdone the best methods in the scientific literature.
This presentation will cover how competitions typically work, some case studies and the types of government challenges that the Kaggle platform can address.
Anthony is the Founder and CEO of Kaggle Pty Ltd, a global platform for data prediction competitions. In addition to founding and building Kaggle, Anthony continues to consult to hosts of Kaggle competitions to help them frame modeling tasks, to get the best out of the new platform. Before Kaggle, Anthony was a macroeconomic modeller for the Reserve Bank of Australia and before that the Australian Treasury. In these roles, Anthony built and maintained macroeconomic models of Australia’s economy, helping to improve forecasting and to model the economic effect of changes in policy parameters. Anthony graduated with first class honours in econometrics at the University of Melbourne. He has published in The Economist magazine and the Australian Economic Review.
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