Here’s the prediction wizard who won General Assembly’s Michelin star challenge

When the submission period for the General Assembly and Michelin Guide data science challenge ended last week, there were 25 total hopefuls. Twelve were students in the GA data science immersive course (it was a required project), but the remaining 13 were from outside — real D.C. data scientists in the real world.This was cool, instructor Joseph Nelson said, because it allowed the students (then in their 11th week of the course) to see how their own skills measure up. It wasn’t just another project, it was a “validation.” And the GA students did pretty well — three of the top five place holders were students. But ultimately it was Brendan Sudol, a developer at 18F, who won out. Sudol subsequently told GA his approach was “Nate Silver-esque.” “I really don’t know…


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