Briefly, some news on Friday, August 1st. As I expected (see the text below), Tim Salimans is now ahead of Gábor Melis although his advantage is infinitesimal. (Friday 4 pm update: Melis is at the top again.) With the so far minor help of incredible variables from Christian Veelken of CMS, I (or counting the promised 10% share for CV, we) joined the club of those with the score above 3.8, see the leaderboard. Every contestant who is not a complete loser must feel safely above 3.8, so the score associated with my name is now 3.80007. ;-) I am not selecting that submission for the contest because I don't have all the sources that produced it – it was very complicated.
The text below was originally posted on July 24th.
Gábor Melis' new formidable challenger
Tim Salimans makes the Terminator look like Pokémon
As recently as two hours ago, I thought it was conceivable that I would end up in the top three of the Higgs Kaggle challenge. See the leaderboard.
The top 5 contestants hadn't changed for a week. Gábor Melis was at the top followed by the Marijuana Hybrid guy, by your humble correspondent, and by 1,100+ other participants.
Terminator, Ironman, Batman, and a few Transformers as seen from the optics of a company in Utrecht.
Times are changing. For more than an hour, Tim Salimans of Utrecht, the Netherlands has been the new #2 warrior. His 7th submission with the score 3.81888 catapulted him to that place and made the victory of Gábor Melis uncertain.