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Quinlans - April Madness

Quinlans are named to honor Ross Quinlan inventor of ID3 and C4.5.

The challenge is to get the smallest possible prediction error on a number of data sets with different levels of difficulty and different machine learning tools used.

Every week in April (hence, April Madness) we hold five prediction challenge competitions and use Kaggle to rank the competitors by accuracy – the most accurate competitor OVERALL - will win the Annual Prediction Challenge and earn the QUINLAN (which is almost as prestigious as OSCAR or GRAMMY)


QUINLAN For Best Predictor of 2018

Name Score
Sophie Barstein 4.85
Ben Guaragno 4.78
Natalia Bryzhatenko 4.76
Ali Awari 4.75
Umpathy Yuvik 4.71
Samuel Jefferson 4.68
Kirtan Patel 4.67
Kevin Dunphy 4.66
Todd Curtis 4.65
Jacob Brown 4.64

QUINLAN For Best Predictor of Each Section (2018)

Section Number Name Score
1 Kevin Dunphy 4.66
2 Urmil Shah 3.86
3 Ali Awar 4.75
4 Jacob Brown 4.64
5 Todd Curtis 4.65
6 Xiang Ao 4.18
7 Mateo Juliani 4.51
8 Samuel Jefferson 4.68


QUINLAN For Best Predictor of 2017

Rank Name
1 Yichen Cao
2 Steve Valle
3 Andrew Li
4 Nandan Takkar
5 Daniel Fraser
6 Brian Schillaci

QUINLAN For Best Predictor Among Non-CS/Stat Students

Rank Name
1 Yichen Cao
2 Michaela Murr
3 Zhe Si
4 Brandon Daley
5 Alex Green

"Black Box" Invitational Challenge for Champions (only top 10 invited)

Rank Name
1 Daniel Fraser
2 Brian Scillacci
3 David Greydanus
4 Shanvith Madhirala
5 Suraj Kakkad
6 Andrew Li
7 Tony Cao
8 Steve Valle
9 Michaela Murr

QUINLAN For Best Predictor of Each Section

Section Number Name
1 Daniel Fraser
2 Brandon Daley
3 Arpit Shah
4 Tony Cao
5 Michaela Murr
6 Steve Valle
7 Zhe Si
8 Alex Green

QUINLAN for Best Blog of 2017

Rank Name Topic
1 Edwin Feliberty Jr. Meteorites
2 David Greydanus iClickers
3 Brian Schillacci March Madness