Causality Causality Workbench                                                             Challenges in Machine Learning Causality

Active Learning Challenge

  • The active learning challenge is part of the AISTATS 2010 and WCCI 2010 conference competition programs.

  • We are very grateful to our sponsors who made this project possible:

    Pascal2 Orange Microsoft Clopinet MisterP Services ETH Unipen Health Discovery

  • Data donors:
    This project would not have been possible without generous donations of data. We are very grateful to the data donors:
    Chemoinformatics -- Charles Bergeron,
    Kristin Bennett and Curt Breneman (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York) contributed a dataset, which will be used for final testing.
    Embryology -- Emmanuel Faure, Thierry Savy, Louise Duloquin, Miguel Luengo Oroz, Benoit Lombardot, Camilo Melani, Paul Bourgine, and Nadine Peyriéras (Institut des systèmes complexes, France) contributed the ZEBRA dataset.
    Handwriting recognition -- Reza Farrahi Moghaddam, Mathias Adankon, Kostyantyn Filonenko, Robert Wisnovsky, and Mohamed Chériet (Ecole de technologie supérieure de Montréal, Quebec) contributed the IBN_SINA dataset.
    Marketing -- Vincent Lemaire, Marc Boullé, Fabrice Clérot, Raphael Féraud, Aurélie Le Cam, and Pascal Gouzien (Orange, France) contributed the ORANGE dataset, previously used in the KDD cup 2009.
    We also reused data made publicly available on the Internet. We are very grateful to the researchers who made these resources available:
    Chemoinformatics -- The National Cancer Institute (USA) for the HIVA dataset.
    Ecology -- Jock A. Blackard, Denis J. Dean, and Charles W. Anderson (US Forest Service, USA) for the SYLVA dataset (Forest cover type).
    Text processing -- Tom Mitchell (USA) and Ron Bekkerman (Israel) for the NOVA datset (derived from the Twenty Newsgroups).

  • Web platform:
    Olivier Guyon (, France), implemented the Causality Workbench, inspired by an earlier design of challenge platform of Steve Gunn (University of Southampton, UK).
    We are thankful to Prof. Joachim Buhmann (ETH Zurich, Switzerland) for making available the servers on which the Causality Workbench is deployed and to Thomas Fuchs (ETH Zurich, Switzerland) for administering the computer resources.

  • Project team:
    Gavin Cawley (University of East Anglia, UK)
    Olivier Chapelle (Yahhoo!, California)
    Gideon Dror (Academic College of Tel-Aviv-Yaffo, Israel)
    Vincent Lemaire (Orange, France)
    Amir Reza Saffari Azar (Graz University of Technology)
    Alexander Statnikov (New York University, USA)

  • Coordinator:
    Isabelle Guyon
    Clopinet Enterprises
    955, Creston Road,
    Berkeley, CA 94708, U.S.A.
    Tel/Fax: (510) 524 6211
    causality @ clopinet . com