Prize-based contests can provide solutions to computational biology problems

  title={Prize-based contests can provide solutions to computational biology problems},
  author={Karim R. Lakhani and Kevin J. Boudreau and Po-Ru Loh and Lars Backstrom and Carliss Baldwin and Eric Lonstein and Mike Lydon and Alan MacCormack and Ramy A. Arnaout and Eva C. Guinan},
  journal={Nature Biotechnology},
To the Editor: Advances in biotechnology have fueled the generation of unprecedented quantities of data across the life sciences. However, finding analysts who can address such ‘big data’ problems effectively has become a significant research bottleneck. Historically, prize-based contests have had striking success in attracting unconventional individuals who can overcome difficult challenges. To determine whether this approach could solve a real big-data biologic algorithm problem, we used a… CONTINUE READING
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