The stats. The uniforms. Sheer wild guesses. Everyone has a method for making their picks for the NCAA’s March Madness event. But this yr there’s a brand new play within the e-book: machine studying.

Google Cloud has teamed up with the NCAA to host a contest on Kaggle, the world’s largest on-line neighborhood of information scientists, difficult members to construct and prepare machine studying fashions to forecast the video games’ outcomes. Kaggle has hosted contests for the event up to now, however this yr’s competitors is taking issues to the subsequent spherical with a brand new knowledge set that comprises each play-by-play second in males’s and ladies’s NCAA Division I basketball since 2009—greater than 40 million performs.

The submission deadline for the competitors is that this Thursday, previous to the beginning of the event. Submissions shall be scored by log loss, a typical approach of measuring accuracy of machine studying fashions. A complete of $100,000 shall be awarded throughout each the lads’s and ladies’s competitions for the most effective performing functions of machine studying (which most likely outdoes no matter occurs in your workplace pool). And as a result of the competitors is predicated on ML fashions, not basketball know-how, it’s anybody’s recreation to win. Talk a few Cinderella story.

The huge knowledge set getting used on this competitors represents only one space the place Google Cloud is teaming up with the NCAA as their official public cloud supplier. The NCAA can be within the strategy of migrating 80+ years of information throughout 24 sports activities to Google Cloud Platform (GCP), utilizing Google instruments to energy analyses of groups and gamers. But for the info scientists and machine studying lovers taking part within the Kaggle competitors, the enjoyable is already underway. May the most effective mannequin survive, advance and take house the championship!

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