Score This: Hewlett Picks Winners of Automated Scoring Competition

AND THE WINNERS of the much-celebrated--or maligned, depending on your take--automated essay scoring contest sponsored by the Hewlett Foundation goes to team "SirGuessalot & PlanetThanet & Stefan," consisting of of a British particle physicist, a National Weather Service data analyst, and a graduate student from Germany. Press release here. Education Week notes that none of the eleven contestants who made up the top three teams have educational backgrounds. Frankly, we're a little surprised that glacier researcher Martin Leary, considered by many the front-runner, did not medal. Check out the final results here. (Can we give the one-man team, "Rage against the machine learning," honorable mention for most creative name?)

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