With sports (and everything else) cancelled, this data scientist decided to take on COVID-19 | A Winner’s Interview with David Mezzetti

When his hobbies went on hiatus, Kaggler David Mezzetti made fighting COVID-19 his mission.

Kaggle Team
Jul 29, 2020 · 8 min read
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Let’s learn about David!

https://www.kaggle.com/davidmezzetti

David, what can you tell us about your background?

Do you have any prior experience or domain knowledge that helped you succeed in this competition?

How did you get started competing on Kaggle?

What made you decide to enter this competition?

Let’s get technical

Tell us about the overall architecture or approach to the problem.

Did any past research or previous competitions inform your approach?

What preprocessing and feature engineering did you do?

What supervised learning methods did you use?

What was your most important insight into the data?

Were you surprised by any of your findings?

Which tools did you use?

How did you spend your time on this competition?

What does your hardware setup look like?

What was the run time for both training and prediction of your winning solution?

Words of wisdom

What have you taken away from this competition?

Looking back, what would you do differently now?

Do you have any advice for those just getting started in data science?

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