March Machine Learning Mania 2016, Winner’s Interview: 1st Place, Miguel Alomar

The annual March Machine Learning Mania competition sponsored by SAP challenged Kagglers to predict the outcomes of every possible match-up in the 2016 men’s NCAA basketball tournament. Nearly 600 teams competed, but only the first place forecasts were robust enough against upsets to top this year’s bracket. In this blog post, Miguel Alomar describes how calculating the offensive and defensive efficiency played into his winning strategy. The Basics What was your background prior to entering this challenge? I earned a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from UIB in Mallorca, Spain. For nearly 20 years, I have been involved in software development, business intelligence and data warehousing. Recently, I have developed an interest in analytics and forecasting. Miguel (AKA Mallorqui) on Kaggle Do you have any prior experience or domain knowledge…


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