- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - In a story Dec. 17 about a marine science data competition, The Associated Press reported erroneously the organization offering the $175,000 prize. The prize money is being offered by the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, not Oregon State University, to study plankton photos at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Contest offering $175,000 for big data algorithms

$175,000 contest launched for big data algorithms to sort plankton photos at Hatfield Marine Science Center

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - A $175,000 contest has been launched for developing algorithms for marine scientists to use to sort tens of millions of plankton photos at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center.

The prize money is being offered by the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton to the creators of the top three algorithms in a National Data Science Bowl competition that will last 90 days. The contest is being coordinated by the crowdsourcing platform Kaggle.

OSU says it would take two lifetimes to manually finish identifying organisms in millions of plankton photos at the science center. The idea behind the contest is to develop a computer algorithm that can do it automatically.

The plankton photos come from an 18-day expedition OSU scientists took last summer in the Straits of Florida.

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