NEW YORK, July 24-Celera and ClearForest jointly won one of two first prizes in the Knowledge, Discovery and Data Mining Cup, a competition held by the Association for Computing Machinery.
The contest required all 32 competitors to build a system that would automatically analyze thousands of scientific articles on Drosophila melanogaster to determine which should be curated in the FlyBase, the public fruit fly database. The data mining algorithms had to accurately indicate which articles included results on expression of gene products, and which genes and proteins were involved.
ClearForest is a data mining company based in New York City.
In a separate KDD Cup competition, Adam Kowalczyk and Bhavanni Raskutti of Australia's Telstra Research Laboratories beat out 52 other teams to win first prize. This contest involved using MEDLINE abstracts to predict the effect of knock-out genes on different sub-cellular components in yeast cells.
The prizes were announced yesterday during the eighth annual ACM conference, held in Edmonton, Canada.
The KDD Cup is held annually. In the last two years, it has focused on information technology and data sets in biology.
The cup was co-chaired this year by Mark Craven of the University of Wisconsin's Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics and by Alexander Yeh of the Mitre Corporation, an information technology organization that performs research and development for government agencies.