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Preliminary KDD Cup 2016 third phase and overall results announced

July 7, 2016 | By Microsoft blog editor

By Alex Wade, Principal Program Manager, Microsoft Research

The preliminary results are in for the third and final round of the $10,000 KDD Cup 2016, and it was a squeaker!  The top ten finalists, out of a field of 3,773 submissions from 554 teams, were separated by only .01 points. Their task? To rank research institutions by influence, based on their predictions of the number of papers that would be accepted to top conferences in specific computer science domains. For Phase 3, the conference chosen was the ACM International Conference on Multimedia (ACM MM), to be held in the Netherlands in October 2016. KDD Cup results are preliminary, as final confirmation of winners is still pending the final ACM MM paper submissions.

Over all three phases, there were no apparent teams clearly in the top ten. We believe this was a reflection of the difficulty of the challenge and the caliber of the teams participating. Final results of the overall KDD Cup are based on the aggregated scores over the three phases.  Because most teams in Phase 3 all achieved similar results, and Phase 2 had a weight of 40%, Phase 2 winners dominated the final results. The overall finalists of the KDD Cup challenge can be found here.

The top 12 teams in the overall rankings, as well as selected teams in individual phases, have been invited to submit papers outlining their successful approaches for the KDD Cup workshop, to be held on August 14, 2016 in conjunction with the 22nd ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining.

We will award prizes as soon as camera-ready art is available for ACM MM. The first place winning team will receive $10,000; second place will receive $6,500 and third place wins $3,500. Congratulations to the winning teams and see you in San Francisco!

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