Hewlett Prize offers $100k on short answer challenge

ROBOGRADERS, ACT II: Currently underway: Phase Two of the Automated Student Assessment Prize (ASAP), sponsored by the Hewlett Foundation and hosted on Kaggle. The first phase, which concluded in May, asked for robo-graders to look at essays. Now data scientists are being asked to do something similar--train robo-graders to evaluate students' written answers that are 50 words or less. Participants will have access to already-graded samples to fine-tune their machines, after which they will put their algorithms to test with new samples. The competition ends September 5; the winner of this segment takes home $50k.

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