• What we'll do
Analytics>Forward is happening again! Based on the bar camp-style conferences, the program will be set the day of the conference based on all of the exciting pitches you'll hear first thing in the morning. Bring your 50-minute talk and a stack of business cards for a day of mathy fun with all of your favorite analysts. Your registration buys breakfast, lunch (provided by IBM) and coffee all day!
Kaggle in the Real World: Practical Lessons from Winning The Zillow Prize by Jordan Meyer
The $1M Zillow Prize competition brought together nearly 4,000 teams from 91 countries to compete against the Zestimate, and one another, to most accurately predict the sale prices of homes across the U.S. Because machine-learning competitions have a reputation for rewarding overly-complex ensembles, Zillow Prize required submissions to be reproducible, with limits on hardware and processing time.
In the end, what set our winning team apart was our approach to experimentation, which resulted in a blend of four diverse, yet practical, solutions. This talk will present the three main steps of our process and highlight techniques that can be applied to other real-world data science challenges—where time is often more valuable than a fourth decimal place model improvement.
Jordan Meyer is an NC-based data scientist and Zillow Prize winner. His career has focused on data science and engineering with relational data. Jordan works as a Customer-Facing Data Scientist at DataRobot, where he helps organizations build, interpret, and operationalize predictive models. He previously worked as Head of R&D and CTO at Rittman Mead, an analytics consultancy that builds data products for a wide range of organizations, from small public universities to Fortune 500 enterprises.
• What to bring
Business cards, a 50-minute talk if you want to pitch a presentation, and your winning personality.
• Important to know
Analytics>Forward is a community event. Any attendee who wants to speak can do a 1-minute pitch for a 50-minute talk. Once all the pitches have been heard, all of the attendees vote for their favorites, and the top vote-getters are assigned time slots. Every year, we've had great talks from some amazing speakers. If you've never tried a bar camp-style conference before, Analytics>Forward will win you over!