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“At one point, I nearly threw my laptop at the wall.”

March 19, 2016

Barcelona GSE Data Scientists

BGSE Data Science Kaggle Competition

During our second term as data scientists, the class split into 10 teams of 3 and participated in an “in-class” kaggle competition. It left every team depleted from late-night efforts and many long days spent obsessing and executing ideas which resulted often in reduced accuracy.

“At one point, I nearly threw my laptop at the wall.”  

                                                                            a data scientist moments after the deadline

The challenge

Predict popularity of 1-5 (ordinal classification) of Mashable news articles using 60 variables of metadata. Many of these features were useless. You can read more on the UCI Machine Learning Repository.

The outcome

The top 2 teams pulled ahead of…

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