What the National Data Science Challenge 2020 has Taught Me

National Data Science Challenge 2020 (https://careers.shopee.co.id/ndsc)
Our 135th position in the leaderboard out of 139 teams submissions (check it out here https://www.kaggle.com/c/product-matching-id-ndsc-2020/leaderboard)

What I Learned

There are people beyond (this) person, and skies beyond (this) sky.

As the Chinese proverb suggests, “No matter how good you think you are, there is always someone out there that is better.” Although I might thought that my knowledge about data suffices (which I’m not), there are still at least 134 teams of people that is better than me, and I’m sure there are more greater people out there too. When I think that my data visualization and processing is enough, there are still a lot of things to learn about the data field with image processing is one of them. It’s not a reason to be overwhelmed, just enjoy the process.

When there is a will, there’s a way

Even though we thought that we’re doomed (which we actually are), we didn’t give up and still tried to find another workaround to at least achieve the what we called “minimum viable product” that we could deliver. Indeed it’s not the best as we didn’t manage to get to the top 100, but at least we didn’t leave empty-handed. It’s part of the process, and again, just enjoy the process.

Competition is a fun thing

It’s my second experience of joining data competition (the first one was the one held by Telkomsel that I’ve shared in my LinkedIn) and I found that programming in a competition is different with the work programming. Despite of the similarity of time-constrained task, competitions are usually held in a very short time period (a matter of hours) compares to work tasks that needed at least a day to finish. We are expected to gives all of our best effort in that short time period and it pumped out our adrenaline. One thing for sure, I currently don’t want to set a high goal by winning it when joining a competition as I think that winning is a bonus, while the most important thing is to have fun, and again, just enjoy the process.

Learn to live, live to learn

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