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Designing, training, and validating sophisticated machine learning algorithms can suck up a lot of hours — particularly if you’re dealing with sparse datasets. This has given rise to a cottage industry of crowdsourced data science, led by Google’s Kaggle and companies like Topcoder. And the market’s growth potential is getting investors to sit up and take notice. Sunnyvale, California-based CrowdAnalytix, which describes itself as a “library” of data-extracting bots built through competition, is the latest to throw its hat in the ring. The six-year-old startup today announced that it has raised $40 million in a strategic investment from Macnica, a subsidiary of Tokyo electronics firm ... Vollständiger Text

12 January