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San Francisco startup makes data science a sport

April 15, 2012 • National News


In this Thursday, April 12, 2012 photo, Kaggle’s president and chief scientist Jeremy Howard poses in front of a NASA rocket in Mountain View, Calif. The founders of San Francisco startup Kaggle believe the problems data scientists solve are so important that they should be paid like professional athletes. By turning data science into a crowd-sourced contest, they hope they have created a way to make that happen. Kaggle hopes top contenders will participate in a sport tailor-made for the 21st century: Competitive number-crunching. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Strange secrets hide in numbers. For instance, an orange used car is least likely to be a lemon.

This particular unexpected finding came to light courtesy of a data jockey who goes by the Internet alias SirGuessalot, who in fact Login to read more

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