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Talk by Halla Yang: How to Compete on Kaggle and Win

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We're incredibly excited to host Halla Yang as this month's speaker at NU ML! Come out and learn what it takes to succeed in a data mining competition hosted by Kaggle.com (http://www.kaggle.com) from a Kaggle-champion!

Title: How to Compete on Kaggle and Win

Kaggle (http://www.kaggle.com/) is an innovative solution for statistical/analytics outsourcing. Companies, governments and researchers present datasets and problems - the world's best data scientists then compete to produce the best solutions. At the end of a competition, the competition host pays prize money in exchange for the intellectual property behind the winning model.

I will provide an overview of Kaggle and talk about some of the tools and techniques I have used to win my first Kaggle competition. See http://www.kaggle.com/users/36141/halla#profile-results for a complete set of my competition results.

About the Speaker I hold a B.A. in physics from Harvard, as well as a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard. After finishing my doctorate, I developed trading strategies at Goldman Sachs Asset Management in New York and managed portfolios at Arrowstreet Capital in Boston. When my wife accepted a tenure-track position at Northwestern, I resigned from my job to move to Evanston. My former employer required me to sit out for one year, and I decided to spend that year exploring a topic I knew little about but was keenly interested in - machine learning - via competing on Kaggle. Eight competitions later, I am currently ranked in the top 50 out of over 76,000 registered Kaggle users, and recently won my first competition, an invitation-only event sponsored by Pfizer. I have a Kaggle hoodie to boot. This March, when my non-compete is over, I'll be joining a proprietary trading firm in Chicago.