Playing the devil’s advocate

I think it’s safe to assume that most teams with above average scores will submit their source codes, in order to enter the pot. The rules leave no hiding place for secret sauce, the submitted code must reproduce the final submission. Only the top 3 ranking teams will receive compensation. But I’m guessing at least 100 teams will upload their code base, stark naked. Again I’m guessing, a sizable portion of these will have competitive scores. My question is, in case it isn’t already obvious—what will prevent the sponsors or Kaggle from going through all the promising models, building a super ensemble from all the submitted source code, and claiming ownership? I’m not excessively worried that this could happen. But this competition has a fairly large prize, and somewhat unique…


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