The InnoCentive Insider: New Challenge Offers Instant Feedback on Your Solution

Posted by Connie French on Mar 9, 2010 8:41:45 AM

Data Analysis

Hello Readers!  I am writing to tell you about some exciting news from the Client Services group at InnoCentive.

Just last week we launched an exciting new Challenge entitled Predictive Data Analysis. This $100,000 Challenge asks Solvers from all backgrounds to build a predictive model based on a complex dataset.  I know, $100,000 on its own makes this Challenge quite special. But, there is another really cool feature that’s so noteworthy – The Prodigy. This website feature allows enables Solvers to get instant feedback on how well they’re doing in comparison to other Solvers.  Sound exciting? Let me tell you a bit more.

First, a bit of background. The Predictive Data Analysis Challenge asks Solvers to build a model using a large dataset in order to estimate the relative performance of various breeds of an organism.  We have provided the molecular and performance data on 100 breeds of the organism and ask Solvers to estimate the relative performance of an independent set of 150 breeds based on their molecular data.  The Prodigy allows Solvers to upload the relative ordering of the breeds and then it will instantly be compared to the known answer provided to InnoCentive by the Seeker.  After submitting, the Prodigy will provide Solvers with their score, their ranking and if they are within the top 10 best submitted scores thus far, their username will appear on the leader’s table.

This feature is obviously not amenable to all of InnoCentive’s Challenges. However, we think that it will encourage you to continue if you’re on the right track and to go back to the drawing board if you aren’t!  We recommend that you log into the Predictive Data Analysis Challenge and let us know what you think about the Prodigy. We’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.

Happy Solving and good luck.

Gabriel Eichler
InnoCentive Client Services

Topics: Solvers, Challenges

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