Here is a quick intro into algorithms through a tutorial. This has some bigger, cooler implications
for us. Here is an article that describes kaggle.com:
"You can chuck as many crazy ideas at the algorithms as you like, and they figure out which ones work"
Kaggle.com has turned data prediction into sport. People competing to solve problems are outclassing the specialists, says its president Jeremy Howard. Kaggle has been described as "an online marketplace for brains". Tell me about it. It's a website that hosts competitions for data prediction. We've run a whole bunch of amazing competitions. One asked competitors to develop algorithms to mark students' essays. One that finished recently challenged competitors to develop a gesturelearning system for the Microsoft Kinect. The idea was to show the controller a gesture just once, and the algorithm would recognise it in future. Another competition predicted the biological properties of small molecules being screened as potential drugs.