Data Science Challenge Types

Marathon Match

A Marathon Match objectively scores with an automated scoring function that feeds the Topcoder live leaderboard. It is restricted to the following languages: Java, C++, C#.NET, VB.NET, or Python.

Banner Match

A Banner Match objectively scores with an automated scoring function that feeds the Topcoder live leaderboard. It allows competitors to use any language and libraries to write their solution.

Mini-Marathon Match

A Mini-Marathon Match is a version of the marathon match with a shorter duration, smaller prize purse, and is more straight-forward but with all the same structure and rules of a regular marathon match.

Data Science First to Finish

A DS F2F objectively scores with an automated scoring function that feeds the Topcoder live leaderboard. It is restricted to the following languages: Java, C++, C#.NET, VB.NET, or Python. In this contest a pre-determined threshold is selected for the match and once a competitor reaches the desired threshold score, the match shuts down and the first place winner receives the one prize available.

Data Science Sprint

A DS Sprint is a series of smaller more rapid DS challenges with a manual scoring function and no leaderboard. It allows competitors to use any language and libraries to write their solution.

Data Visualization

A Data Visualization is a hybrid project  completed by a series of data science tasks to find the unique qualities or highlights in the data, followed by design challenges to visualize the data. The output of this kind of project is static screens.

Data Science Ideation

A DS Ideation looks to discover or learn new approaches and discover data and ideas from the community.

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