Contest closed - Congratulations to all winners!
Q. Do I have to register to participate?
A. Yes. To participate in the
Speller Challenge participants need to register at
http://spellerchallenge.com. Registration opens on January 17, 2011.
Q. Can I compete even if I am not affiliated
with an academic or industrial lab?
Q. How do you evaluate the spellers?
A. Rules are explained in http://spellerchallenge.com/rules.aspx.
Q. Is this competition open to entrants
who live outside the United States?
A. Individuals who live in
Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, or Syria are not eligible to participate in the
competition. Individuals living in other countries or regions may participate.
Q. Who is not eligible to compete in the
A.The challenge is not open
- Entrants who are younger than 18 years of age;
- Residents of any of the following countries: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and
- Employees of Microsoft Corporation or an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary;
- Persons involved in any part of the administration and execution of the competition;
- Immediate family (parent, sibling, spouse, child) or household members of a Microsoft
employee, an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary, or a person involved in any part
of the administration and execution of this Contest.
Q. Why does the challenge include separate
validation sets and a test set?
A. When you submit a speller,
you get immediate feedback based on the TREC Data validation set, so you have an
idea of how well your algorithm is doing. Also, you can use the TREC Data Set to
compare yourself to other competitors on the leaderboard. The validation set is
for participants to test their speller Web service. The Bing Test Data Set is used
to evaluate the spellers for the Challenge.
Q. Why does the challenge restrict the
number of submissions on the final day of the competition (June 2, 2011)?
A. Microsoft will only accept
three final entries from each team, as determined by the entries listed on your
team site as of 11:59 AM PDT on June 2, 2011. One of these entries must be listed
as a primary, which is the only entry that is eligible to win a prize. The secondary
entries will be run against the final dataset to provide teams with feedback about
the quality of those spellers, but they will not be eligible for prizes (even if
they outperform primary spellers). The restriction and timing limits the load on
our servers. In addition, we have restricted the number of submissions to avoid
giving an unfair advantage to teams with the ability to develop a large number of
Prior to June 2, you may “submit” an unlimited number of test runs for your speller(s)
to see results against the sample dataset and improve your speller.
Q. Why do I need to choose one of my submissions
as my "primary entry?" Can’t Microsoft just do that for me?
A. You are required to determine
which speller to submit as your primary entry, which is the only entry that is eligible
for the cash prizes. This limitation is designed to prevent participants with fewer
resources from being disadvantaged, since participants with more resources could
just provide three entries and get three chances at winning a prize. This also requires
teams to judge for themselves which speller they think is best – and then see if
their intuition was correct.
We permit secondary submissions in order to enable teams to get feedback on more
than one speller, but the secondary submissions are not eligible for any prizes
(regardless of whether they outperform other primary spellers).
Q. Will you release the final Bing Test
A. No. We will not release
the Bing Test Data Set.
Q. What if the website doesn’t work, or
seems to be responding slowly?
A. Send email to
email@example.com or check community announcements in the social
media (see below).
Q. Where can I find the requirements for
building a speller (Speller Challenge Rules)?
A. To view the Speller Challenge
Rules go to http://spellerchallenge.com/rules.aspx
Q. Where can I find the Official Contest
A. To view the full Official
Rules of the Contest go to http://spellerchallenge.com/rules.aspx,
go to the Registration page at http://spellerchallenge.com/myteam.aspx.
Q. Who can I contact for other questions
on the Speller Challenge?
A. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or participate in the community discussion (see below).
Q. Is there a place where I can interact
with the participants of the Speller Challenge?
A. Yes. We encourage participants
to use the discussion forum of the
Facebook Speller Challenge and Twitter.
Q. When will the winners be announced?
A. The winners will be announced
after Microsoft receives and validates the winning entries. The official results
are expected to be announced in June 2011.