The California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) has teamed up with a website called Kaggle, which organizes competitions for statisticians and data scientists, The Economist reports. The CHCF offered a $100,000 prize and uploaded thousands of images of both diseased and healthy retinas, and asked Kaggle’s members to come up with a program to tell the difference.
The contest’s winner, a statistician at the University of Warwick in the UK, designed an algorithm that agreed with a doctor’s opinion 85 percent of the time.
This is a big deal, The Economist notes, since doctors' time is expensive and the algorithm works faster.
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