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Zillow Prize will award $1M to the person or team who most improves Zestimate

'Data scientists, engineers and visionaries' have until mid-October to register for the qualifying round
  • Zillow will give $1 million to the team or person who builds an algorithm that beats Zillow's benchmark accuracy "and enhance[s] the accuracy further than any other competitor."
  • The initial entry deadline is October 16, 2017, and the final winner will be chosen on or around January 15, 2019.

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In 2009, Netflix gave $1 million to BellKor's Pragmatic Chaos technology team for building a better movie rating prediction algorithm (to the tune of 10.06 percent) than the one Netflix had been using. It appears that 2017 is the year Zillow follows in the media platform's footsteps; the company just announced Zillow Prize, which will award $1 million to the first person or team who most improves the algorithm for Zestimate, Zillow's home valuation tool. How to win the Zillow Prize "Zillow Prize calls for data scientists, engineers and visionaries to compete to improve automated home valuations of 110 million homes across the U.S.," stated the company in its press release. This is the first time that Zillow will make "a portion of the proprietary data that powers the Zestimate home valuation" available to anybody outside of the company -- which is no doubt exciting to those who've longed to know what's behind the algorithm that Zillow calls "one of the highest-profile, most ac...