The challenge is now over. But it remains open for post-challenge submissions!
IMPORTANT: Entries made since February 1st 2007 might be using validation data, now available for training.
- We are very grateful to our sponsors who made this project
possible. Any new financial contribution will be used towards providing
prizes and travel money for successful challenge participants who need support.
Help us, become a sponsor!
The workshops are hosted by the NIPS 2006 and IJCNN 2007 conferences.
We thank the organizers who gave us this opportunity.
The EC funded Network of Excellence Pascal
is gratefully acknowledged for its support.
The preparation of this challenge was facilitated by previous work performed
for the Performance Prediction Challenge, a project supported by the National Science Fundation
N0. ECS-0424142, who also provided travel support for students under Grant ECCS-0736687. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations
expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily
reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
- The workshop and challenge are coordinated by:
955, Creston Road,
Berkeley, CA 94708, U.S.A.
Tel/Fax: (510) 524 6211
in collaboration with: Amir Reza Saffari Azar
(Graz University of Technology, Austria).
- The web site design of Steve Gunn (University
of Southampton, UK), formerly used for the NIPS2003 feature selection challenge,
was adapted and improved by Olivier
Guyon (MisterP.net, France). We are thankful to Thomas Fuchs (ETH Zurich, Switzerland) for administering the computer resources.
- The advisors and beta-testers are gratefully acknowledged:
Buhmann (ETH Zurich, Switzerland),
Gideon Dror (Academic
College of Tel-Aviv-Yaffo, Israel),
Amir Reza Saffari Azar
(Graz University of Technology),
(University of Groningen, The Netherlands),
Kari Torkkola (Motorola, USA),
Steve Gunn (University of Southampton, UK),
Horst Bischof (Graz
Fogelman (KXEN, Paris, France),
Michèle Sebag (LRI, Orsay,
Elisseeff (IBM, Zurich, Switzerland),
Kristin Bennett (Rensselaer Polytechnic
Gökhan BakIr (MPI for Biological Cybernetics,
Joaquin Quiñonero Candela (MPI for Biological Cybernetics, Germany),
Yi Lu Murphey (University of Michigan-Dearborn, USA),
Gavin Cawley (University of East
Masoud Nikravesh (UC Berkeley, USA),
Lessmann (University of Hamburg, Germany),
Erinija Pranckeviciene Institute for Biodiagnostics, NRC, Canada),
Leszek Rutkowski (Technical
University of Czestochowa, Poland).
- The Challenge Learning Object Package (CLOP) is based on code
to which many people have contributed:
- The developers of CLOP: Isabelle Guyon and Amir Reza Saffari Azar.
- The creators of the spider: Jason Weston, André Elisseeff, Gökhan BakIr, Fabian Sinz.
- The developers of the packages attached to CLOP: Chih-Chung Chang
and Chih-JenLin Jun-Cheng (LIBSVM), Chen, Kuan-Jen Peng, Chih-Yuan Yan,
Chih-Huai Cheng, and Rong-En Fan (LIBSVM Matlab interface), Junshui Ma and
Yi Zhao (second LIBSVM Matlab interface), Leo Breiman and Adele Cutler (Random
Forests), Ting Wang (RF Matlab interface), Ian Nabney and Christopher Bishop
- The contributors to other Spider functions or packages: Thorsten Joachims
(SVMLight), Chih-Chung Chang and Chih-JenLin (LIBSVM), Ronan Collobert (SVM
Torch II), Jez Hill, Jan Eichhorn, Rodrigo Fernandez, Holger Froehlich,
Gorden Jemwa, Kiyoung Yang, Chirag Patel, Sergio Rojas.
- The authors of the Weka
package and the R project who made code available,
which was interfaced to Matlab and made accessible to CLOP.