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Thomson Reuters Eikon Text Tagging Challenge

STATUS: Awarded
POSTED: 5/23/14

Investors are flooded every day by thousands of news items from many different sources – blogs, feeds, internal reports, news services – yet only a small number of those items may be of interest to a particular investor.  Filtering these news items for companies or organizations of interest is becoming increasingly important as the number and variety of sources expands, yet it is becoming more difficult because many of these news items are not explicitly tagged with the relevant companies or organizations.  The Seeker, Thomson Reuters, is searching for an algorithm to accurately tag incoming news items by relevance for companies or organizations mentioned within the news item.

This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires written documentation and delivery of source code implementing an algorithm that solves the problem.  Additionally, as a Prodigy Challenge a real-time online scoring utility and leaderboard will be available to track Solver algorithm performance.

This Challenge has a special award structure with awards of $20,000, $10,000, and $5,000 for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, respectively for granting the Seeker a non-exclusive license to practice the solutions.  In addition, the Seeker may, at its sole discretion, award an additional $20,000 (“Additional Award”) to one or more of the submissions awarded a Licensing Award to obtain ownership of the solution.  Awards will be based on Seeker’s determination of solution performance using a reserved independent validation set.

Source: InnoCentive
Challenge ID: 9933333
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Challenge Overview

Thomson Reuters is seeking an algorithm to accurately tag, by relevance per company or organization, incoming news items from a variety of sources such as blogs, feeds, internal reports, and/or news services.  The Challenge involves tagging items by the companies or organizations relevant to the item while avoiding false positive tags – a story about the apple crop in Washington State should not be tagged for Apple, Inc. or Washington State University.  This is a computational Challenge and you will be provided a training data set of 2000 stories with correct tags for algorithm development and a test data set of 2000 different stories without tags against which you will run your algorithm and upload the results for online scoring.  A real-time online leaderboard will keep Solvers up-to-date on the current high scores for the Challenge.

Final submissions to the Challenge should include the following:

  1. A detailed description of the proposed algorithm, and how it addresses each Technical Requirement presented in the Detailed Description of the Challenge.  The project documentation should include a well-articulated rationale for the algorithm.
  2. Source code implementing the proposed algorithm. Include all dependencies, packages, databases, documentation, and information to generate test results by the Seeker.
  3. Full Documentation for the algorithm, including the following: (i) Instructions on installation and execution of the code. (ii) Description of any external dependencies. External public datasets and external open source code are allowed – be sure to indicate them and include any necessary files and instructions. (iii) Indication of the target platform (see Technical Requirements above for technical details).

This Challenge has a special award structure with awards of $20,000, $10,000, and $5,000 (“Licensing Awards”) for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, respectively, for granting the Seeker a non-exclusive license to practice the solutions.  In addition, the Seeker may, at its sole discretion, award an additional $20,000 (“Additional Award”) to one or more of the submissions awarded a Licensing Award to obtain ownership of the solution.

The award is contingent upon evaluation and validation of the submitted Solutions by the Seeker. During the evaluation period, the Seeker will validate the performance (accuracy and speed) of top-scoring submissions using additional data similar to the training data provided in the Challenge.

To receive a Licensing Award, the Solvers will not have to transfer their exclusive IP rights to the Seeker.  Instead, they will grant to the Seeker non-exclusive license to practice their solutions.  To receive an Additional Award, the Solvers will have to transfer to the Seeker their exclusive Intellectual Property (IP) rights to the solution. 


NOTE: Employees of Thomson Reuters are not eligible to participate in this Challenge.



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