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Data mining competitions - facilitating real-time science

Kaggle is currently hosting a…


Added by Anthony Goldbloom on July 8, 2010 at 3:59am — No Comments

What has bioinformatics ever done for us?

A British bioinformatician asks what bioinformatics has ever done for us? Or put differently, what is the single greatest biological discovery made possible by bioinformatics? He is offering $USD100 to the person who puts forward the most compelling answer (the prize is small but the idea is to stoke discussion). Kaggle would also welcome a guest…


Added by Anthony Goldbloom on June 17, 2010 at 3:49am — No Comments

Are competitions the future of research?

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For the past two and a half weeks, I have been hosting a bioinformatics competition related to my research. The competition requires contestants to find markers in the HIV sequence that predict a change in the severity of infection (as measured by viral load). This is a step toward better… Continue

Added by Anthony Goldbloom on May 13, 2010 at 11:30pm — 4 Comments

Introducing Data Inc - profiling data-driven companies

Data Inc is a new series featuring on the Kaggle blog, delving into the burgeoning world of data analysis in business. Every few weeks, Data Inc will profile a company driven by data.

For our first profile, we’re taking a look at hit forecaster uPlaya. Fledgling bands upload their songs to uPlaya, which analyzes them against an ever evolving databank of past and present musical hits, to…


Added by Anthony Goldbloom on May 11, 2010 at 5:12pm — No Comments

A bioinformatics competition to better understand HIV

According to the World Health Organization, HIV has caused 25 millions deaths worldwide since it was first recognized in 1981. In recent years, the infection has been managed with a collection of therapies. However, the virus will likely evolve around these drugs, making it crucially important that we get a better understanding of the virus itself.

An important step in understanding the virus is to get a handle on its genetic blueprint. William Dampier of Drexler University is hosting… Continue

Added by Anthony Goldbloom on April 27, 2010 at 8:44pm — 2 Comments

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