Navigation Links
Competitions Facilitate Real-time Science
Date:7/9/2010

In the age of ubiquitous communications technologies, it's inexplicable that the scientific literature evolves much as it did one hundred years ago. But perhaps competitions offer an effective solution. The best entry to a (still running) bioinformatics contest, requiring participants to pick genetic markers that correlate with a change in the severity of the HIV infection, had outdone the best methods in the scientific literature within a week and a half.

(PRWEB) July 9, 2010 -- In the age of ubiquitous communications technologies, it's inexplicable that the scientific literature evolves much as it did one hundred years ago. Competitions offer a promising way forward.

Kaggle is currently hosting a bioinformatics contest requiring participants to pick genetic markers that correlate with a change in the severity of the HIV infection. The best entry to this contest had outdone the best methods in the scientific literature within a week and a half. Whereas the scientific literature tends to evolve slowly (somebody writes a paper, somebody else tweaks that paper and so on), a competition inspires rapid innovation by introducing the problem to a wide audience.

So when this week the headlines announced the discovery of genetic markers that correlate with extreme longevity — what they missed was that the work took 15 years from beginning to publication. Had the study been run as a competition, with the raw data available to all, the results would have been generated in real time. Insights would have been available much sooner and with more precision.

Moreover, competitions might help to avoid situations in which a valuable technique is overlooked by the scientific establishment. This aspect of the case for competitions is best illustrated by Ruslan Salakhutdinov, now a postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who had a new algorithm rejected by the NIPS conference. According to Ruslan, the reviewer ‘basically said “it’s junk and I am very confident it’s junk”’. It later turned out that his algorithm was good enough to make him an early leader in the $1m Netflix Prize and 135th overall – a remarkable achievement when you consider that many of the top teams used a suite of models, making his one of the better performing single algorithms.

Kaggle is a platform for data prediction competitions. The platform allows researchers and organizations to post their problem and have it scrutinized by the world's best statisticians.

# # #

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2010/07/prweb4236294.htm.


'/>"/>
Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2010 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved  

Related biology technology :

1. Goble & Associates Creative Work Awarded at Advertising Industry Competitions
2. RoundTable Healthcare Partners Facilitates Product Acquisition for CorePharma
3. Caliper Launches Small Animal Molecular Imaging System Enabling Real-Time Video Observation
4. NIH Awards Approximately $3M Grant for Research Involving WaferGens SmartChip(TM) Real-Time PCR System at the University of Pittsburgh
5. Recent Advances in Organic Chemistry Using Real-Time In Situ FTIR
6. Data on WaferGens SmartChip Real-Time PCR System(TM) to be Presented at 16th International Molecular Medicine Tri-Conference
7. WaferGen to Present Data on SmartChip(TM) Real-Time PCR System at Cambridge Healthtech Institutes Quantitative PCR Conference
8. New White Paper Examines Advanced Mycoplasma Tests - How Real-Time PCR Analysis Helps Save Time and Money for Biopharmaceutical Manufacturers
9. WaferGen to Launch Human MicroRNA Panel for Gene-Expression Profiling of 885 MicroRNA for Its Service Using the SmartChip(TM) Real-Time PCR System
10. Signatec Unveils PX14400, Its High-Speed PCI-Express Digitizer Capable of Sustained Recordings Over 1.2 GB/s with Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGAs for Embedded Real-Time Processing
11. Pandesa ShareVault Enables Secure, Real-time Due Diligence for Biopharmaceutical Partnering
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Competitions Facilitate Real-time Science 
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Houston Methodist ... the Cy-Fair Sports Association to serve as their ... agreement, Houston Methodist Willowbrook will provide sponsorship support, ... connectivity with association coaches, volunteers, athletes and families. ... the Cy-Fair Sports Association and to bring Houston ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... ... June 23, 2016 , ... Supplyframe, the Industry Network ... Supplyframe Design Lab . Located in Pasadena, Calif., the Design Lab’s mission is ... projects are designed, built and brought to market. , The Design Lab is ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... LONDON , June 23, 2016 ... & Hematology Review, 2016;12(1):22-8 http://doi.org/10.17925/OHR.2016.12.01.22 ... Review , the peer-reviewed journal from touchONCOLOGY, ... the escalating cost of cancer care is placing ... a result of expensive biologic therapies. With the ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 22, 2016  Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN ) ... QB3@953 life sciences incubator to accelerate the development ... laboratory space at QB3@953 was created to help high-potential ... for many early stage organizations - access to laboratory ... Amgen launched two "Amgen Golden Ticket" awards, providing each ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
(Date:4/28/2016)... , April 28, 2016 First quarter 2016: ... up 966% compared with the first quarter of 2015 ... SEK 589.1 M (loss: 18.8) and the operating margin was 40% ... 0.32) Cash flow from operations was SEK 249.9 M ... revenue guidance is unchanged, SEK 7,000-8,500 M. The operating ...
(Date:4/15/2016)... DUBLIN , April 15, 2016 ... of the,  "Global Gait Biometrics Market 2016-2020,"  report ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160330/349511LOGO ) , ,The global gait ... CAGR of 13.98% during the period 2016-2020. ... movement angles, which can be used to compute ...
(Date:3/29/2016)... Florida , March 29, 2016 ... the "Company") LegacyXChange "LEGX" and SelectaDNA/CSI Protect are pleased ... in ink used in a variety of writing instruments, ... Buyers of originally created collectibles from athletes on LegacyXChange ... forensic analysis of the DNA. Bill ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):